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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, June 2, 2023

Illinois Man Sentenced to 108 Months in Prison

FORT WAYNE –Justin Davis, 65 years old, of Maywood, IL, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Damon R. Leichty after his plea of guilty to possessing with intent to distribute cocaine, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and to being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Clifford D. Johnson.

Davis was sentenced to 108 months in prison to be followed by 3 years of supervised release.

According to documents in this case, in July 2021, Davis was observed driving well over the posted speed limit. Indiana State Police conducted a traffic stop and located a container with a white granular substance that Davis was attempting to hide. When confronted, Davis admitted the substance was crack cocaine. Additional narcotics and items related to drug dealing were also recovered, in addition to a loaded handgun. Davis admitted to previously dealing drugs while armed for his protection. Due to multiple prior felony convictions, Davis is prohibited from possessing the firearm in this case.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives with the assistance of the Indiana State Police. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Brent A. Ecenbarger.

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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