Rodolfo Rangel of Goshen sentenced to 30 years on cocaine charge

Rangel was was charged with selling drugs to sources working with the Elkhart ICE unit

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 11:53 a.m.

GOSHEN — A man convicted of dealing in cocaine was sentenced to 30 years in prison Thursday, April 17.

Rodolfo Rangel, 38, of Goshen, was sentenced in Elkhart's Circuit Court. He was charged with five counts of dealing cocaine and pled guilty to one count. The deputy prosecutor in the case moved to dismiss the other counts.

Rangel was arrested July 25, 2013, after the Elkhart County Prosecutor's Office filed a warrant. Rangel was arrested in Zapata, Texas, and transported to the Elkhart County Jail.

According to the probable cause affidavit for his arrest, Rangel sold more than 28 grams of cocaine to a cooperating source working with the Elkhart Interdiction and Covert Enforcement Unit, ICE, on five different occasions between Jan. 24 and Feb. 26, 2013.

Rangel and the cooperating source met throughout the county to make the purchases. For each purchase, Rangel made received $900.

The judge declined to suspend any portion of Rangel's sentence because Rangel does not have proper immigrant documentation. 

Rangel's attorney told the court his client has limited resources, that he has three children in Mexico, and that his addictions had increased in the months leading to Rangel's arrest. The court recommended drug treatments for Rangel. 

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