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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Thomas L Kirsch II
, United States Attorney
Contact: Ryan Holmes

South Bend Man Sentenced For Possession Of Heroin And Possession Of A Firearm During A Drug Trafficking Crime

SOUTH BEND - The United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, Thomas L. Kirsch II, announced that Denzel Rakim Bridges, age 25, of South Bend, Indiana was sentenced before District Court Senior Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr. for one count of possession of heroin and one count of possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime. 


Bridges was sentenced to 78 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release. 


According to documents in this case, on or about May 2017 a search warrant was executed on Bridges’ address in South Bend for heroin trafficking.  During the execution of the warrant officers located a loaded handgun, $3600 in currency, marijuana on a coffee table and multiple small Ziploc style “gem packs” containing a gray powdery substance which later field tested positive for heroin.  Also during the search of the residence in another room of the home there was another loaded firearm found along with a digital scale and approximately 16.8 grams of a substance that later tested positive for heroin.


This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Project Disarm Task Force with assistance by the St. Joseph County Drug Investigation Unit and South Bend Police Department.  This case was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel Gabrielse.


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