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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Northern District of Indiana

For Immediate Release

June 29, 2012

David Capp, United States Attorney

Contact: Mary Hatton
(219) 937-5603

Drug Trafficking Crime Nets 15 Years Imprisonment

Hammond, IN - The United States Attorney's Office announced the following:

Ricky Stokes, 26, of Hammond, Indiana, was sentenced by Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen to 180 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offenses of robbery and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence and drug trafficking. According to the Complaint filed in this case, Stokes was part of a home invasion robbery crew operating in Hammond, Indiana that would commit the armed robberies of narcotic "stash houses". This case was the result of an investigation by the ATF and the Hammond Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys David Nozick and Dean Lanter.