South Bend man caught with drugs, gun in LP County is sentenced to 20 years


A South Bend man is now deemed a career criminal after being sentenced for his most recent crimes, which took place in LaPorte County.

Marvin Cates, 43, was sentenced in South Bend U.S. District Court for being a felon in possession of a firearm and an armed career criminal.

On April 29, 2018, Cates was pulled over for a traffic stop in LaPorte County. Sheriff’s deputies recovered a loaded .38 caliber revolver on the front seat of the car.  Cates also had nearly 20 grams of heroin and more than 5 grams of crack cocaine in the car with him. Cates admitted that he was on his way from Chicago to South Bend to break down the heroin and cocaine to sell it.  

Cates has multiple previous felony convictions, including three armed robberies, that qualify him as an armed career criminal.  

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office.

One Response to “South Bend man caught with drugs, gun in LP County is sentenced to 20 years”

  1. Judge Roy Bean

    Jan 03. 2019

    Some great news there. Thanks for getting this thug put away and the drugs off the street. Well done.
    Enjoy prison Mr. Cates.

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