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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Monday, July 15, 2019
Thomas L. Kirsch, II
, United States Attorney
Contact: Ryan Holmes

South Bend, Indiana Man Sentenced To 5 Years In Prison

For Possession Of A Firearm In Furtherance Of A Drug Trafficking Crime

SOUTH BEND – Michael Clark, age 20, 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. Clark was sentenced to 60 months in prison followed by 1 year of supervised release.   

According to documents in this case, in January 2019, a search warrant was executed at a South Bend residence where Mr. Clark and others were located.  During the search, 4 firearms were located, several being loaded.  An amount of Cocaine base (crack) was found during the search.  During an interview, Mr. Clark admitted that he owned a 9mm handgun that was found in the bedroom of the house he occupied.  He also admitted that he purchased an AK-47 variant rifle, with others, for protection of the drugs, profits and people at the house where his drug dealing was taking place. 

The case was investigated by the ATF with the assistance of the South Bend Police Department.  The case was handled by Assistant United States Attorney Joel Gabrielse. 



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