INDIANAPOLIS — Federal, state and local law enforcement officials on Thursday said 24 people are facing federal drug charges following a major raid around Indianapolis on Wednesday.
According to a report from U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler's office, agents and officers from various law enforcement agencies executed arrest and search warrants centralized to the Haughville neighborhood in Indianapolis. The operation netted 22 arrests and charges against 24 people for a methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine distribution conspiracy and a federal firearms-related charge.
During the investigation, approximately 40 firearms, $155,000 in cash, three vehicles and quantities of heroin, fentanyl, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana were seized.
The U.S. Attorney's Office said Jshaun Trice, 31, of Indianapolis, and Terrence Stum, 35, of Indianapolis, allegedly directed the activities of the drug trafficking organization. Federal authorities also said Trice, Stum, Demetrick Holder, 20, of Indianapolis, and Gerald Hoskins, 23, of Indianapolis, reportedly coordinated their activities by receiving methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine from diverse sources, sharing controlled substances with each other and distributing the controlled substances to customers.
According to the report, the conspiracy distributed the drugs in the 700 block of Arnolda Avenue in the Haughville neighborhood of Indianapolis, among other locations.
"Utilizing the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force model, the Justice Department works collaboratively to target, investigate and prosecute organizations engaged in dangerous and harmful drug trafficking activity in our community," Minkler said in a statement. "This year, the United States Attorney's Office created a standalone OCDETF Unit led by Senior Litigation Counsel Bradley A. Blackington to tackle and unearth individuals and organizations operating to the detriment of communities like Haughville."
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Marion County Sheriff's Department, United State Postal Inspection Service, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division and the Indiana State Police.
"Our community and the Haughville neighborhood deserve better than to be re-victimized by the crime and violence they have endured," Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett said in a statement.
Those charged include: Jshaun Trice, 31; Terrence Stum, 35; Demetrick Holder, 20; Darryl Allen, 35; Eric Bard, 33; Dustin Manuel, 30; Kelvin Washington, 34; Gerald Hoskins, 23; Devin Jones, 28; Adrian Myles, 40; Christopher Hill, 30; Robert Hadley, 48; Danny Jenkins, 47; Antonio McClure, 37; James Gibson, 33; Carlo Payne, 39; Thomas Acord, 30; Alton Brown Sr., 53; Steven Savage, 29; Derrick O'Connor, 52; Melissa Kidwell, 39; Jacqueline Huffman, 40; Jacob Jones, 30; and Sheridan Sisk, 37. All are from Indianapolis, except Acord, who is from Bloomington.