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Friday, December 29, 2017 1:00 am

Man faces federal gun, drug charges

Weapons, fentanyl found in raid Dec. 20

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

A Fort Wayne man whose home was filled with bombs, guns and drugs faces federal gun and drug charges.

Shawn M. Bacon, 37, was arrested Dec. 20, when local police and federal agents raided his High Street apartment. Court documents filed Dec. 22 in U.S. District Court in Fort Wayne say investigators found two bombs, 22 guns, a ballistic vest and pounds of drugs including methamphetamine, crack cocaine, powder cocaine, marijuana and heroin.

A search of Bacon's car yielded two military-style rifles, a stolen Glock handgun, an Uzi pistol and more drugs including fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid that police and health officials have tied to fatal overdoses around the country.

“The Uzi pistol was loaded with one round in the chamber and the safety was off,” an Indiana State Police detective assigned to a federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives task force said in court documents.

Bacon is charged in federal court with possession with intent to distribute the drugs.

He is also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and/or ammunition, felon in possession of body armor, maintaining a drug involved premise, possession of an unregistered firearm and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence or drug trafficking crime.

State drug, gun and explosives charges filed last week were dismissed Thursday, and he was taken into federal custody.

Police started watching Bacon in November, when a drug trafficking investigation was launched, according to court documents.

A search warrant for his apartment was issued in mid-December after “controlled buys” were conducted by investigators.

Officers stopped Bacon on Dec. 20 in his car, outside the apartment. Police found a loaded .38-caliber revolver sticking out of the pocket of his sweatshirt, court documents said.

The gun was one of three stolen handguns found in Bacon's possession, police said.

Other guns found in the apartment included rifles and shotguns.

Online court records show Bacon has previous convictions for dealing cocaine, armed robbery, burglary and possession of a controlled substance.

mleblanc@jg.net