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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Friday, February 2, 2018
Thomas L Kirsch II
, United States Attorney
Contact: Ryan Holmes

South Bend Man Sentenced To 60 Months Imprisonment

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

SOUTH BEND - The United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, Thomas L. Kirsch II, announced that Larry D. Cole, age 46, of South Bend, Indiana was sentenced before District Court Judge Jon E. DeGuilio for one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime


Cole was sentenced to 60 months imprisonment and 2 years of supervised release. 


According to documents in this case, in May of 2017, Cole sold 3.6 grams of cocaine to an individual working for the St. Joseph County Drug Interdiction Unit.  When officers executed a search warrant on an address in South Bend where the drugs were sold, they observed Cole running from the rear of the house to the living room and reaching under the couch for a .45 caliber handgun.  Cole also had $1,188 in cash and a small amount of marijuana and cocaine.  Some of the cash was from the sale of drugs the day before to the individual working with the Drug Interdiction Unit.   


This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives with the assistance of the St. Joseph County Drug Interdiction Unit which is comprised of officers from the Mishawaka Police Department; the South Bend Police Department and the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department. This case was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney John M. Maciejczyk.

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