Five people sign pleas in federal heroin-trafficking case

2011-12-28T00:00:00Z Five people sign pleas in federal heroin-trafficking caseBy Lindsay Machak, (219) 933-3246

HAMMOND | Five people signed plea agreements Tuesday in federal court in connection to a heroin trafficking ring, court records indicate.

Amanda Copeland, Ryan Douglas, Marcus "Moe" McCant, Myles Ramirez and Andrew "Blue" Powell each pleaded guilty to heroin charges.

In all, 19 people were indicted earlier this year after federal officials alleged they participated in an operation with the intent to distribute more than a kilogram of heroin from 2006 until January 2011.

Another co-defendant, Eldridge "Kasper" Bogan, was the first of the defendants to sign a plea agreement Dec. 20. Bogan is set to appear in court today. The other five will have hearings after the first of the year.

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