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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.

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The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force and the Hobart Police Department investigated the case, according to the news release.

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Night Crime/Breaking News Reporter

Anna Ortiz is the breaking news/crime reporter for The Times, covering crime, politics, courts, investigative news and more. She is a Region native and graduate of Ball State University with a major in journalism and minor in anthropology.