HAMMOND- Carlos Rodriguez, 41, of Hobart, Indiana, was charged in a criminal complaint with possession with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine and possessing firearms as a previously convicted felon, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.
U.S. Attorney Kirsch said, “When individuals promote the illegal use of drugs in our communities, those criminals will be held accountable for their actions. We will continue to partner with our Federal, State and Local law enforcement agencies to vigorously investigate and prosecute these crimes that seek to destroy our communities.”
The criminal complaint alleges that on December 4, 2018, the FBI executed a search warrant on Rodriguez’s vehicles and Hobart residence. Rodriguez was arrested and approximately 130 gross grams of heroin and 330 gross grams of cocaine were recovered during the search. In addition, ten firearms, including two firearms with obliterated serial numbers, were recovered. Rodriguez is prohibited from possessing firearms due to his prior federal felony conviction for distribution of narcotics in the Northern District of Indiana and his prior felony conviction for manufacturing / delivery of cocaine in Illinois.
The United States Attorney’s Office emphasizes that a criminal complaint is merely an allegation and that all persons are presumed innocent until, and unless proven guilty in court.
If convicted, any specific sentence to be imposed will be determined by the judge after a consideration of federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.
This case is being investigated by the FBI’s Gang Response Investigative Team, the ATF and the Hobart Police. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas M. McGrath.