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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Indiana
Clifford D. Johnson, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Friday, March 15, 2024

Fort Wayne Man Sentenced to 190 Months in Prison

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Yesterday, Ronday L. Tinker, 35, of Fort Wayne, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Holly A. Brady after pleading guilty to possessing with intent to distribute controlled substances and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, announced U.S. Attorney Clifford D. Johnson.

Tinker was sentenced to 190 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release.

According to documents in the case, on April 26, 2023, Tinker possessed with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, 40 grams or more of fentanyl and cocaine. Tinker was also in possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), with the assistance of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), DEA North Central Laboratory, the Fort Wayne Police Department and the Indiana State Police Laboratory. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stacey R. Speith.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department of Justice launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities and measuring the results.


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