FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): An Indianapolis man is facing federal narcotic charges after agents with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) seized more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana.
The charges were announced by Jack Riley, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Division of the DEA, which covers Fort Wayne.
“This is the most significant marijuana seizure in Northeast, Indiana in several years,” SAC Riley said. “This seizure shows that large scale criminal drug trafficking organizations continue to try to use Fort Wayne both as a local distribution center and a transshipment point for distribution to other states,” he added.
The seizure was made on Monday as the marijuana was delivered to a warehouse located off Industrial Road. The marijuana, which originated in Mexico and was transported through Texas prior to its arrival in Fort Wayne, was compressed and hidden in twelve large deep freezers.
Wednesday afternoon, 50-year-old Martin Gonzalez-Medina was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Currently he remains in custody pending a detention hearing scheduled for later this week.
According to court documents, if convicted, Gonzalez-Medina would face a mandatory minimum of 5 – 40 years in prison in addition to a fine of up to $5 million dollars.