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Jonathan Miano, The Times

HAMMOND — An East Chicago man entered into a plea agreement Monday on federal drug charges from a 2016 investigation of drug dealing in the city's Calumet neighborhood.

In the plea agreement, Deandrea "Shorty Black" Davis, 36, said he will plead guilty to charges of conspiracy with intent to distribute and to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine as well as possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

The first charge carries a maximum of 20 years in prison, while the second carries a maximum penalty of life in prison and a mandatory minimum of five years imprisonment.

According to a federal indictment filed in the case, Davis, along with East Chicago resident Lloyd Bruce and Jose "Zay" Santiago, of Munster, allegedly dealt crack cocaine between the dates of Sept. 1 and Dec. 1, 2016.

Bruce, early this year, entered a guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine. Prosecutors had accused Bruce of operating a "social club" selling crack cocaine in the 4800 block of Alexander Avenue in East Chicago.

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Ed has been with The Times since January 2014. He previously covered government affairs for Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers in Florida. Prior to Scripps, he was with the Chicago Regional Bureau of Copley News Service.