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A Hammond man was sentenced Thursday to more than 9 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute heroin, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's office. 

Jared Washington must serve 110 months, or just over 9 years, in prison followed by three years of supervised release in a plea deal struck in U.S. District Court. 

Washington and a co-defendant Jessica Daniels, of Calumet City, Illinois, sold heroin for a long time in and around Hammond, according to the news release. 

Assisted by a confidential informant, agents and the Hammond Police Department began looking into Daniels and Washington in fall 2015.

Investigators conducted a series of controlled purchases of heroin from Washington, upon which large amounts of cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, and drug proceeds were seized from a hotel room used by Washington.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that's 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin, the release stated.

Washington allegedly would send Daniels to conduct hand-to-hand transactions, court records show. 

The controlled buys continued through November until Washington was arrested Dec. 14 on suspicion of selling heroin, court records show.

Daniels pleaded guilty and was sentenced on June 28 to 21 months in prison and two years of supervised release. 

This case was investigated by the Lake County HIDTA DEA task force with the assistance of the Hammond Police Department and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas M. McGrath. 

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Northlake County Reporter

Lauren covers North Lake County government, breaking news, crime and environmental issues for The Times. She previously worked at The Herald-News in Joliet. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting.