For Immediate Release
South Bend Man Sentenced to 120 Months in Prison
For Possessing with Intent to Distribute Fentanyl and Possessing One or More Firearms in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime
SOUTH BEND –Rashee Herron, age 27, of South Bend, Indiana, was sentenced before United States District Court Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr., upon his plea of guilty to possessing with intent to distribute fentanyl and possessing one or more firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, announced U. S. Attorney Kirsch.
Herron was sentenced to 120 months in prison followed by 4 years of supervised release.
According to documents in this case, this case stems from a local investigation into heroin and fentanyl distribution. On July 10, 2018, an undercover investigator ordered drugs by calling a phone number that they believed was associated with a drug dealer called “Ace”. Mr. Herron, later identified as “Ace”, arrived at the meeting place and met with the officer. Herron was holding baggies apparently containing drugs but ended the meeting when the officer refused Herron’s demand to use some of the drugs in front of him. Later the same day, investigators arranged another controlled purchase of drugs. This time, Herron’s co-defendant arrived and sold approximately 1 gram of fentanyl in exchange for $140. The co-defendant was driving the same car Herron used a short time earlier. On July 13, investigators searched a house in South Bend pursuant to a warrant. In the bedroom shared by Herron and his co-defendant investigators found almost 100 grams of fentanyl, 2 loaded handguns, scales, marijuana, a money counter and more than $30,000 cash.
The case was investigated by the ATF with the assistance of the South Bend Police Department and was handled by Assistant United States Attorneys Joel Gabrielse and Molly Donnelly.