HAMMOND — A Gary man was sentenced to prison after agents seized more than 31 kilograms of drugs and four firearms from a Lake Station residence.
Francisco Rivera, 29, was given 74 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release following a plea agreement, according to the Department of Justice. Rivera was accused of distributing cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
In April 2017, Drug Enforcement Administration agents used a confidential source who purchased cocaine from Rivera's previous home in Lake Station. The same day, a federal search warrant was executed, in which agents seized several kilograms of drugs and firearms.
Agents searched a locked room and found 30 kilograms of marijuana, more than a kilogram of cocaine and four firearms. Among the firearms was an assault rifle that had been reported stolen.
The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force and the Hobart Police Department investigated the case, according to the news release.