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Wednesday, May 09, 2018 1:00 am

Meth dealer gets 9 years in federal prison

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

A Fort Wayne man was ordered to spend nine years in federal prison for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. 

Michael Howard, 54, sold more than 27 grams of the drug to a confidential informant in 2016. When police went to arrest him for that, they discovered more than a kilogram of methamphetamine in his backpack, court documents say. 

He pleaded guilty in January and was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court by Chief Judge Theresa L. Springmann.

Howard will spend one year on supervised release after his sentence is completed, court records show. 

A criminal complaint filed in May 2016 says Howard sold a Fort Wayne Police Department informant 27.7 grams of meth in April 2016.

The informant was wearing a recording device. 

About a month later, police found him wearing a backpack in the parking lot of a local hotel. When they arrested him, he had methamphetamine in the bag, investigators said. 

Howard told investigators he paid more than $13,000 for each kilogram of the drug to someone in Georgia.