This blog has previously noted the frequency drugs are delivered to dealers in our state for distribution to small-time sellers of street drugs. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) and the Kansas state police recently joined forces to intercept a large shipment of drugs.
Muncie police used a six-month surveillance and tips from neighbors to build a case against a couple that allegedly ran a drug ring from their house, selling heroin, crystal meth, cocaine and marijuana. Details of the case remain murky, but four suspects are now facing state and federal drug charges.
Despite Indianapolis' location in the Midwestern United States, police still see lots of drugs that appear to have been made in Mexico and shipped illegally to distributors in Indiana and elsewhere. The investigation and arrest of two people shows how drug cartels use different means to ship their products to distributors in Indianapolis.
Some of Indianapolis' most vulnerable citizens are the indigent men who frequent the city's various shelters. In January, staff members at the Wheeler Mission men's shelter noticed that some of their clients were engaging in erratic and aggressive behavior. Police were called to investigate, and their findings make up the bulk of the case against four men charged with a variety of gun and drug crimes.
A joint investigation dating back to May 2016 has resulted in numerous arrests of people alleged to be members of a large gang. The arrests were made on February 23 when federal agents and Indiana police officers executed search warrants at four locations on the north and north-east sides of Indianapolis. The investigation has produced a number of gun and drug dealing charges.
An addiction coupled with ready access to the addictive substance can be a dangerous combination. The Marion County prosecutor's office filed several drug crime charges against a 30-year-old woman who allegedly stole fentanyl from an ambulance and used the drugs herself.
A suspected drug dealer was arrested in a north side Indianapolis hotel after police received a tip about possible drug dealing. The sequence of events leading to the arrest raises some questions about the methods used by officers and detectives to enter the suspect's hotel room and seize evidence of alleged drug crimes.
Traffic stops often lead to allegations of far more serious crimes. A man and a woman from Indiana learned that lesson when they were stopped by police for failing to obey a stop sign. A search of their car by a K-9 unit of the state police resulted in the pair being arrested and charged with several gun and drug crimes.
Virtually every law enforcement agency in Indiana relies on crime laboratories to help it do its work. Unlike their portrayal in several popular television shows, however, local crime labs do not spend most of their time finding obscure clues or identifying rare drugs and other chemicals. Instead, Indiana crime labs devote a majority of their time to the mundane but vital task of identifying substances seized by police at crime scenes.
Four men from the Indianapolis area have been arrested on suspicion of importing and selling large quantities of illicit drugs in the local area. Because of prior convictions on similar drug dealing charges, three of the suspects face lengthy prison sentence if they should be convicted.