Ohio man admits arranging cocaine deal
By Teresa Auch Schultz email@example.com April 16, 2013 1:36PM
Updated: May 18, 2013 6:38AM
An Ohio man admitted Tuesday that he arranged a deal to buy 2 kilograms of cocaine in Merrillville on behalf of two other people.
Luis Yanez, 41, of Lorain, Ohio, pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court in Hammond to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to deal more than 500 grams of kilogram.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua Kolar laid out the case during the hearing, saying that Yanez made several phone calls from May to November 2011 with someone who turned out to be a confidential source to buy the cocaine.
Law enforcement watched as Yanez drove up to the Radisson Hotel parking lot in Merrillville on Nov. 11, 2011, to meet with the sellers. Once the money was in Yanez’s van, the suspects were arrested.
Kolar said Yanez made the purchase on behalf of two other people.
Yanez answered questions throughout the hearing and told U.S. Judge Paul Cherry that he had talked with another person about the sale of cocaine.
A sentencing date has not been set.