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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Northern District of Indiana

For Immediate Release

April 19, 2013

David Capp, United States Attorney

Contact: Mary Hatton, Public Information Officer
(219) 937-5603

South Bend Man Sentenced to 14 Years Imprisonment in Firearm and Drug Case

South Bend, Indiana — United States Attorney David Capp announced that Tommy Webster, 33, of South Bend, Indiana, was sentenced by District Judge Robert Miller, Jr. to 168 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release after being found guilty at trial of the felony offenses of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, manufacture of marijuana, possession with the intent to distribute cocaine base and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. According to documents filed by the government in this case, an investigation by law enforcement found cocaine (powder and cocaine base) individually wrapped for distribution; a substance used for cutting cocaine; loose marijuana; six dozen growing marijuana plants; and drug paraphernalia, such as scales and baggies. Webster also had electronic security consisting of police scanners and a video system with monitors and carefully placed cameras; a loaded shotgun, a sawed–off shotgun, and a bullet proof vest. Webster has a prior felony conviction for armed drug dealing and several misdemeanor convictions. This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Schaffer.