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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Thursday, November 14, 2019
Thomas L Kirsch II
, United States Attorney
Contact: Ryan Holmes

Fort Wayne Man Sentenced to 117 Months in Prison

For Maintaining a Drug Involved Premises

FORT WAYNE – Varnell Coe, age 28, of Fort Wayne, Indiana was sentenced before U.S. District Court Judge Holly A. Brady upon his plea of guilty to maintaining a drug involved premises, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

Coe was sentenced to 117 months in prison followed by 2 years of supervised release.

According to documents in this case, in March 2018 both Mr. Coe and Brandon Buchanan were indicted for maintaining two premises that were used for the purpose of distributing controlled substances in Fort Wayne. A search warrant was executed at these locations and during the search, investigators located a loaded .357 caliber revolver, fentanyl, crack cocaine, marijuana, hypodermic syringes, approximately $1000 in US currency, evidence of narcotics dealing, along with multiple calibers of ammunition and magazine for various firearms.

Co-defendant Brandon Buchanan was sentenced to 117 months in prison for his role in this case in September 2019.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives with the assistance of the Fort Wayne Police Department and the Indiana State Police. This case was handled by Assistant United States Attorneys Stacey R. Speith and Anthony Geller.


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