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.
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.
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.
There was recently a killing that occurred in the Indianapolis suburb of Greenwood. The killing happened during what police describe as an attempt to steal marijuana.