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City man admits hiding cocaine in car

A 30-year-old Fort Wayne man was indicted and filed a guilty plea in a federal case accusing him of failure to report a felony.

In May, Darwin Altamirano was named in a federal indictment stemming from an FBI Safe Streets Task Force investigation code-named “Operation Breakfast Club.” He was one of 20 indicted in the case, which netted defendants in Indiana, Michigan and Las Vegas.

The cases against the individuals named in the indictment are in various stages in the federal criminal justice system.

On Thursday, a federal grand jury in Fort Wayne handed down an indictment charging Altamirano with misprision of a felony, meaning he knew a crime was being committed, or helped it be committed, but failed to report it to the authorities. In this case, he concealed cocaine in a car for distribution by someone else.

A guilty plea was filed in the case at the same time as the indictment.

In exchange for his guilty plea in a new indictment issued Thursday, the counts of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine and use of a telephone in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine pending against Altamirano in the older case will be dismissed.

No guilty plea hearing has been set, and the federal government is asking Altamirano be held as the case progresses, believing him to be a flight risk.