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Drug-Dealing Partners Serving Federal Prison Time

(South Bend, IN) - A Michigan City woman has been sentenced to 12 years in a federal prison on drug-dealing charges.


Angelica Ortiz, 37, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in South Bend after pleading guilty to Distribution of Methamphetamine, in addition to ordered to serve three years of supervised release after serving her prison term.


According to documents in the case, in the fall of 2022, Ortiz and Kyle Kirkland distributed methamphetamine to multiple individuals in Michigan City. 


Kirkland was sentenced in October of 2023 to 11 years and five months in a federal prison, along with three years of supervised release.


The lead investigators in the case were the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.


According to authorities, the case was part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Forces investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts and dismantles the highest level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs and transnational criminal organization.

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