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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
Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Fort Wayne Man Sentenced to 192 Months in Prison

For Drug and Gun Offenses

FORT WAYNE –Orlando Rodriguez, 41 years old, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Holly A. Brady after pleading guilty to 8 counts charged in an Indictment, announced United States Attorney Clifford D. Johnson.

Rodriguez was sentenced to 192 months in prison followed by 5 years of supervised release.

According to documents in the case, between March and October 2021, Rodriguez distributed methamphetamine and/or possessed methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it on six separate occasions. During this same period, Rodriguez, knowing that he was a felon, possessed a firearm and knowingly possess a firearm in furtherance of his drug trafficking activities.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives with the assistance of the Fort Wayne Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lesley J. Miller Lowery.

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 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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