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Wednesday, November 29, 2017 1:00 am

Man gets 5 years for dealing heroin

JIM CHAPMAN | The Journal Gazette

A Fort Wayne man was sentenced this month to nearly five years in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute heroin.

U.S. District Court Judge Robert L. Miller Jr. sentenced Jermaine Underwood, 42, to 57 months in prison and three years of supervised release. The U.S. attorney's office said Underwood possessed a package that had been sent through the U.S. mail in early December 2016. The package contained about 96 grams of heroin.

The postal inspector in Fort Wayne intercepted the package because it displayed several characteristics indicating it might contain controlled substances or proceeds related to the sale of controlled substances, court records said. 

The package had been mailed from an area in Redlands, California, known as a narcotic-mailing location. Both the sender and recipient were unknown at the addresses on the package, court records said.

Underwood stopped at the Warsaw Street address where the package was sent to pick it up. He then led state police on a high-speed chase for about 10 minutes before crashing head-on into a vehicle after failing to stop at a stop sign, court records said.

Underwood was arrested hiding in the backyard of a home, court records said.

jchapman@jg.net