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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Monday, December 16, 2019
Thomas L Kirsch II
, United States Attorney
Contact: Ryan Holmes

Plainfield Man Sentenced to 120 Months

For Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

FORT WAYNE – Justin B. Nelson, age 26, of Plainfield, Indiana was sentenced before U.S. District Court Judge Damon R. Leichty for possession with intent to distribute fifty grams or more of methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

Nelson was sentenced to 120 months in prison followed by 5 years of supervised release.

According to documents in this case, on the evening of February 27, 2019, Indiana State Police conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle driven by Nelson in Fort Wayne, Indiana. A police canine alerted to the presence of the odor of narcotics in the vehicle, and the vehicle was searched. Inside, officers located a safe which contained 79.6 grams of crystal methamphetamine and 23.4 grams of psilocybin (hallucinogenic) mushrooms.  Nelson admitted to dealing methamphetamine prior to the traffic stop and admitted that he had intended to distribute more of the methamphetamine that night. 

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Indiana State Police and the Allen County Sheriff’s Department.  The case was handled by Assistant United States Attorney Sarah E. Nokes. 


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