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Drug dealing conspiracy nets 11-year sentence

December 14, 2018

A Fort Wayne man was sentenced Friday to more than 11 years in prison for his role in a drug trafficking ring that moved marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin through northeast Indiana.

Carlos Silva-Ponce, 42, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Fort Wayne to 135 months behind bars. He was ordered to spend five years on supervised release once the sentence is completed.

Silva-Ponce is named with five others in a 10-count indictment filed in July 2016 alleging the group conspired to distribute the substances using a home in the 2700 block of Winter Street. Crimes were committed from January 2015 to July 2016, according to the indictment.

Police arrested Silva-Ponce in August 2016, and he pleaded guilty in June of this year to a charge of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin.

Jose Razo, Samuel Gemple, Alan Chiprez-Garcia, Patricia Quinones and Marco Garcia also were charged. Razo pleaded guilty last year but is the only member of the ring that has not been sentenced.

A sentencing status conference for Razo is scheduled April 17, court records show.

mleblanc@jg.net

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