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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Milford man sentenced to 5-plus years in prison on drug trafficking charges

Law enforcement officers found cocaine hidden in the man's home in a dryer vent, doghouse and porch pillar. 

Posted on Feb. 7, 2014 at 4:56 p.m.

SOUTH BEND — A Milford man has been sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison on federal drug charges.

According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, 61-year-old Jose Gonzalez was sentenced this week to 66 months imprisonment and three years supervised release after pleading guilty to charges of possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, a felony.

Following an investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcment Agency, the DEA, Elkhart County ICE Unit and Goshen Police Department served a search warrant on Gonzalez's home in August 2013 and found cocaine worth an estimated $51,000 hidden a dryer vent, the roof of a doghouse and a pillar on the porch. They also found $23,950 cash, scales, baggies and other items used in the sale of illegal drugs, according to the release.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Schaffer.

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