For Immediate Release
South Bend, Indiana Man Sentenced
For Possession Of A Firearm In Furtherance Of A Drug Trafficking
SOUTH BEND - Dedric Strickland, age 41, of South Bend, Indiana, was sentenced before United States District Court Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr. upon his plea of guilty to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.
Mr. Strickland was sentenced to 60 months imprisonment followed by 2 years of supervised release.
According to documents in this case, in January 2019, a search warrant was executed at a South Bend residence where Mr. Strickland and others were located. During the search, crack cocaine and a loaded handgun were found in the room where Mr. Strickland was staying. A loaded AK-47 rifle with the stock sawed off was located in a room on the first floor of the home. Mr. Strickland admitted to selling crack cocaine out of the residence. Strickland used these firearms to protect the drugs, proceeds of drug sales, and the people at the house where the drug dealing was taking place.
This case is being investigated by the ATF with the assistance of the South Bend Police Department. The case was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel Gabrielse.