Chicago man gets 12 years for heroin sales in Porter County
By James D. Wolf Jr. Post-Tribune correspondent November 7, 2013 7:08PM
Updated: December 9, 2013 11:08AM
VALPARAISO — A Chicago man who wanted to set up a heroin business in Porter County received a 12-year prison sentence on Thursday for selling 4 grams of the drug to undercover officers and having another 17 grams hidden in his rectum.
Andrew Loggin, 34, originally faced 20 to 50 years in prison on each of two Class A felony charges of dealing in a narcotic drug until his Aug. 27 plea to one count of the lower charge of Class B felony dealing.
An informant alerted the Porter County Drug Task Force to Loggin’s plans to establish heroin sales in Porter by giving the informant $25 for each gram he sold.
The federal Drug Enforcement Agency and Michigan City police assisted by following Loggins from when the informant picked him up in Dolton, Ill., in October 2012 to the drug purchase for $500.
Porter Circuit Judge Mary Harper cited Loggin’s history of 12 arrests and two felony convictions as an aggravating factor in sentencing and hardship to his family for a conviction as a mitigator, and he received no probation time.