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Illinois man pleads guilty to drug charge

Updated: July 8, 2013 9:17PM



An Illinois man caught with half a kilogram of cocaine in Hammond will plead guilty to his drug charge.

According to a plea agreement filed Monday in the U.S. District Court in Hammond, Jose Guadalupe Lechuga-Carrasco, of Cicero, Ill., faces a mandatory minimum of five years in prison up to life. Federal attorneys, however, will recommend he serve the minimum of whatever the recommended sentencing guidelines come to.

Lechuga-Carrasco was arrested on May 22, 2012, after a Hammond Police Department officer pulled him over at Sheffield Avenue and Goslin Street. The officer arrested him at first because he did not have a driver’s license. When police searched the car, they discovered a compartment behind the radio holding the drugs.

Lechuga-Carrasco at first denied owning the vehicle but police proved he did. He then said he wanted to work with the police and told them he had picked up “the material” a month ago from someone he called Pedro Lnu.

Lechuga-Carrasco could face more charges, despite the plea agreement. The filing says prosecutors know of more criminal acts he committed and can still bring charges on those.

His change of plea hearing is set for Friday.



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