INDIANAPOLIS - Police said they arrested dozens of people last week after an investigation into a large-scale drug trafficking organization in Indianapolis.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) said the investigation began in 2012, and the organization in question is believed to be at the root of the distribution of multiple kilos of cocaine and marijuana in the area.
IMPD said "Operation Family Ties" came to a head last Thursday when IMPD and Indiana State Police detectives served search warrants at several places in Indianapolis. (The five raided locations can be found by clicking on "Maps" on this story.)
Detectives said they found more than 6 kilos of cocaine, 9 guns (including 2 stolen guns), marijuana, roughly $198,000 in cash and six cars. They also arrested 41 people, 16 of whom are listed below with their preliminary charges:
•Antjaun Dyson, 34 – Dealing in Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine, Resisting Law Enforcement and Residential Entry
• Larry Coe, 38 – Dealing in Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine, Carrying a Handgun without a License, Dealing in Marijuana and Possession of Cocaine
• Johnny Whitthorne, 42 – Dealing and Possession of Cocaine
• Britni Jackson, 24 – Dealing in Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine and Possession of a Controlled Substance
• Brandon Harris, 25 – Dealing and Possession of Cocaine
• Pedro Navarro, 27 – Formal charges to be filed
• Edgar Dominguez, 25 – Formal charges to be filed
• Felipe Maguella, 22 – Formal charges to be filed
• Jose Reyes, 26 – Formal charges to be filed
• Sabrina Collier, 41 – Formal charges to be filed
• Wade Havvard, 36 – Formal charges to be filed
• Marvin Golden, 35 – Formal charges to be filed
• Tuwauna Harney, 36 – Formal charges to be filed
• Waimond Jackson, 53 – Formal charges to be filed
• James Williams, 42 – Formal charges to be filed
• Sarrah Porter, 24 – Formal charges to be filed
The other 25 people arrested were preliminarily charged with visiting a common nuisance during the raid at 3832 Graceland Avenue. Their identities weren't immediately available from investigators.
"Violence and illegal drugs are closely associated," IMPD Chief Rick Hite said. "These arrests should positively impact our neighborhoods and we will continue to build on this successful venture."
Chief Hite said the collaboration between IMPD, ISP, the Indiana National Guard Counterdrug Task Force and the Marion County Prosecutor's Office were essential to the operation. ISP Superintendent Doug Carter agreed.
"I know this has been said many times before, but it is true: Arrests, like those announced today are a direct result of police agencies partnering and pooling their resources to disrupt the flow of drugs into the Indianapolis community," he said.
IMPD said detectives will continue to review the case and work with prosecutors to secure convictions and jail time.