South Bend man sentenced for heroin trafficking
25 year old Denzel Rakim Bridges of South Bend, was sentenced before District Court Senior Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr. for one count of possession of heroin and one count of possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime. Bridges was sentenced to 78 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release. According to documents in this case, on or about May 2017 a search warrant was executed on Bridges’ address in South Bend for heroin trafficking. During the execution of the warrant officers located a loaded handgun, $3600 in currency, marijuana on a coffee table and multiple small Ziploc style “gem packs” containing a gray powdery substance which later field tested positive for heroin. Also during the search of the residence in another room of the home there was another loaded firearm found along with a digital scale and approximately 16.8 grams of a substance that later tested positive for heroin. This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Project Disarm Task Force with assistance by the St. Joseph County Drug Investigation Unit and South Bend Police Department.
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