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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Indiana

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Thomas L. Kirsch II
, United States Attorney
Contact: Ryan Holmes

Auburn Man Sentenced to 60 Months in Prison

For Possessing with Intent to Distribute Heroin and Selling a Firearm to a Felon

FORT WAYNE – David Lee Wirges, age 39, of Auburn, Indiana, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Theresa L. Springmann after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute heroin and selling a firearm to a felon, announced United States Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II.

Wirges was sentenced to 60 months imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and the judgment included forfeiture of $1,546.00 in United States currency. 

According to documents in the case, in March of 2018, a confidential informant made controlled buys of heroin from Wirges at his Auburn, Indiana residence at a time when Wirges was out on bond from drug charges pending against him in Dekalb County Superior Court.  During the federal investigation, Wirges also sold a .380 caliber firearm to the confidential informant even though Wirges knew the confidential informant was a convicted felon.   

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives with the assistance of the Auburn Police Department.  The case was handled by Assistant United States Attorney Tina Nommay.


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