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10 years for man who admitted dealing cocaine

Updated: June 18, 2013 7:23AM



A Chicago man will serve 10 years and a month in prison after he pleaded guilty to dealing more than 11 pounds of cocaine in Hammond.

U.S. District Judge James Moody handed down the sentence Wednesday afternoon at the federal courthouse in Hammond after denying Noe Diaz’s request for the mandatory minimum of just 10 years.

Federal sentencing guidelines called for 121 months, just one more month than the mandatory minimum, and Diaz’s attorney, James Thiros, asked for leniency, adding that Diaz will likely be deported when he leaves prison. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Nozick said he did not object.

However, Moody ruled against Diaz’s request.

“You’re just not giving me any good reason to do that,” Moody said during the hearing.

If Diaz, 32, is not deported, he must also serve five years of supervised release.

Diaz pleaded guilty in 2011 to dealing cocaine in Hammond. He and co-defendant Alfredo Delgado were arrested after police observed several of their drug deals.



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