Indianapolis man gets 33 years for pushing heroin

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge sentenced an Indianapolis man to more than 33 years in prison Thursday after he was convicted on 20 gun- and heroin-related counts.

U.S. District Court Judge Sarah Evans Barker handed down the sentence of 400 months to Anthony Lomax, 39, following his convictions on charges including conspiring to possess heroin, possession with intent to distribute heroin, distribution of heroin and illegal possession of firearms. Lomax also will serve 10 years supervised release after his term of imprisonment, prosecutors said.

U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett said two other men — Lomax’s brother, Brandon, and Demond Glover — also were found guilty of charges in the case. Their sentencing dates haven’t yet been set.

Hogsett says Lomax and associates dealt heroin in kilograms in and around the Haughville area on Indianapolis’s near west side between 2009 and 2012.

Heroin use has been on the rise in Indianapolis and elsewhere in recent years. As prescription drug addiction and abuse spread across the state and country, users switched to heroin as opioid pills became more expensive and the cost of heroin has dropped, Hogsett said.

“Heroin is a dangerous drug that has ravaged our communities,” Hogsett said in a news release. “The heroin epidemic knows no geographic boundaries and is blind to what tax bracket you happen to be in.”

Lomax’s attorney, Mario Garcia, said he plans to appeal the conviction, the sentence or both.

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