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HAMMOND — A federal judge sentenced an East Chicago man to 240 months in prison Monday after he plead guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine and cocaine base, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

U.S. District Court Judge James Moody sentenced  Deandrea “Shorty Black” Davis, 37, to 240 months imprisonment and three years of supervised release upon completion of his prison term.

Authorities said in the fall of 2016, Davis, along with co-conspirators, distributed cocaine and crack cocaine in East Chicago.

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According to documents in the case, Davis utilized drug addicts as distributors, helped set up drug locations that fronted as legitimate residences and businesses and kept a 24/7 drug operation going in the heart of East Chicago which sent kilograms of cocaine into the neighborhood. The defendant also utilized a firearm to protect an East Chicago residence where he stored several kilograms of cocaine.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration Indiana HIDTA Group and the East Chicago Police Department and the case was handled by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas McGrath.

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Carmen is an award-winning journalist who has worked at The Times newspaper for 20 years. Before that she also had stints at The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss., The Post-Tribune and The News Dispatch in Michigan City.