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Anonymous tip leads to indictment for alleged drug crimes

A resident of northwest Indianapolis has been arrested and indicted on suspicion of several drug crimes based upon the results of a joint investigation by the Plainfield police department and the Metropolitan Drug Task Force. The suspect is facing charges for possession with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine and related criminal charges.

Mall shoe store alleged to be front for suspected heroin dealer

Suburban shopping malls attempt to attract customers by providing a wide array of stores selling a wide variety of merchandise. In a twist on this marketing strategy, police are now alleging that a shoe store in the Castleton Square Mall in Indianapolis has been used as a front to hide the operations of a suspected heroin dealer. The man alleged to be the mastermind of the operation is now facing charges for a number of drug crimes.

Ten people indicted on drug trafficking charges in Indiana

Drug dealers in Indianapolis and other cities seldom work alone. Dealers who sell drugs on the street usually obtain them from persons who bring the drugs into a city or neighborhood. The drugs probably crossed state and international borders before they arrive at their destination.

Indianapolis teen faces drug charges following traffic stop

Due to the dangers associated with most controlled substances, being charged with a drug crime can be a serious situation for those accused. Depending on the details of the crime, these charges could carry serious penalties, damaging the accused's personal and professional reputation. Thus, it is important that defendants understand that they may have the ability to take an aggressive approach against drug charges.

Pharmaceutical executives charged in sale of mislabeled drugs

Most drug crimes in Indianapolis and its neighboring communities involve so-called street crimes, in which illicit drugs are sold by the dealer to the user in secretive, cash only transactions. Occasionally, however, a manufacturer of prescription drugs can run afoul of the law by ignoring federal or state laws governing the industry. A recent indictment issued against Pharmakon Pharmaceuticals, Inc., located in nearby Noblesville, charges that the company's executives deliberately violated federal laws that regulate the labeling and sale of prescription drugs.

Senate considering new mandatory minimum sentences for drugs

Setting harsh drug sentences that judges couldn't reduce wasn't controversial in the 1980s, when the majority of mandatory minimum sentences were put in place. Today, however, we can see the results of the policy: jails and prisons nationwide are stuffed to capacity.

Sessions reinstates harshest penalties for low-level drug charges

"It is a core principle that prosecutors should charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense," wrote Attorney General Jeff Sessions in his latest policy memo. "This policy fully utilizes the tools Congress has given us. By definition, the most serious offenses are those that carry the most substantial guidelines sentence, including mandatory-minimum sentences."

Economic analysis: Spending money on drug treatment reduces crime

It's emotionally satisfying to many people to feel that their lawmakers are "tough on crime." According to the New York Times' The Upshot blog, people are willing to pay 10 times their actual losses to prevent a second burglary -- and 100 times their losses to prevent a second armed robbery.

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