Convicted Indianapolis heroin dealer sentenced to life in federal prison


Daniel Stewart (Mugshot from 2011 arrest)

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– An Indianapolis man was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Monday.

U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler announced the sentencing after Daniel L. Stewart, 33, was convicted for armed heroin dealing and money laundering.

“Much of the violence in Indianapolis is the result of armed drug dealing,” said Minkler. “Mr. Stewart will spend the rest of his life in a federal prison. This shows how seriously federal law enforcement takes this problem.”

In January 2015, Stewart was stopped for a traffic violation on the north side. Police seized a loaded 9mm handgun as well as heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine.

Officers later searched Stewart’s apartment via search warrant, and found a kilogram, or 2.2 pounds, of heroin, two kilograms of cocaine, more than 900 grams of meth, five firearms and more than $487,000 in cash.

Police say the money was bundled in $1,000 and $10,000 increments in various locations in the apartment.

Due to several previous drug crime convictions dating back to 2002, Stewart was not legally permitted to carry a firearm.

“I applaud the efforts of the US Attorney’s Office and our detectives on the successful prosecution of Mr. Stewart,” said IMPD Chief Troy Riggs. “Arresting and prosecuting armed narcotics traffickers continues to be a priority to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. We will continue our efforts target violent offenders terrorizing our community.”

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