Elkhart man gets a decade in prison for heroin dealing

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Omar Loza (left) and Aurelio Cervantes (Photos supplied/Elkhart County Jail)

An Elkhart man has been sentenced in a heroin dealing case, but it’s not the higher profile case that could net him even more prison time.

Omar Loza was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday on a single count of possession of heroin with intent to distribute. He was sentenced in federal court, and the judge overseeing the case said he didn’t object to that sentenced being served at the same time as the sentence he earns for the other case.

In that case, he’s accused of operating a cocaine distribution ring along with five others in Indiana, Texas, Florida, and the Dominican Republic. One of the defendants in that case, 52-year-old Aurelio Cervantes, has pleaded guilty and faces up to 20 years in prison when he’s sentenced on Dec. 20. Loza also faces up to 20 years in prison.

In the case he was sentenced for Monday, Loza and a co-defendent are accused of trying to distribute a kilogram or more of heroin. They’re also accused of trying to get their hands on over 500 grams of cocaine and deal that as well, according to the Elkhart Truth.

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