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U.S. Attorney says evidence is strong against alleged gang leader

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 29, 2015) - Federal authorities believe the ringleader of an Indianapolis gang and another suspect fled to Louisville, Kentucky last week as SWAT teams raided homes all over the city.

FBI officials say suspected gang leader William Brown, aka “Jeezy,” and 32-year-old William Dodd were caught in Louisville around 8 p.m. Tuesday. They were transported back to Indianapolis for initial hearings in federal court. Both face charges of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.

Additional suspects, including Donte York, Damon Smith and William Davenport,  appeared in federal court Wednesday afternoon for hearings. The U.S. Attorney's Office said hearings will also be held on Thursday.

"We identified the management structure, we believe we've identified identified individuals who received large amount of cocaine that were sources of supply so the next step in this particular investigation is the indictment and the trial and the sentencing, that's where this case will go," said U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler.

Court documents give a glimpse at some of the evidence gathered over the course of a year-long investigation into the east side gang. Conversations overheard through wiretapping will play an important part as this case goes to court. Law enforcement also used undercover buys to purchase narcotics from multiple suspects.

"It's very compelling evidence, it's very strong evidence, wiretap evidence where you hear somebody talking about the crime they're committing is very compelling evidence for a jury when you couple that with catching them red handed you know with the drugs, with the guns, with the proceeds," said Minkler.

Investigators seized 21 firearms, heroin, cocaine and cash during a series of raids on July 22. When police searched a home connect to Dodd they found about $80,000 in cash, packages of cocaine and a loaded gun.

There's also video evidence of the alleged drug trafficking, showing a suspect attempting to mail a package full of cocaine at a California Post Office.