Guns, silver bars and more found during search in Delaware County

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DELAWARE COUNTY, Ind. (Nov. 20, 2015)– New court documents reveal what was found during the search of homes in Wheeling and Royerton, just outside Muncie city limits.

Authorities said the searches were part of a lengthy investigation tied to a homicide and major marijuana operation.

Despite searching for several days, investigators confirmed they found no evidence of human remains on the property. However, they did find:

  • More than one hundred guns – rifles, shotguns and handguns. Several boxes of ammunition were found as well.
  • More than 450 silver bars of various weights worth about $220,000.
  • About 2,000 silver dollar coins and 2 gold coins
  • $4,582 in U.S. currency
  • Multiple phones and computers
  • About 150 pills
  • Multiple safes
  • International currency – mostly coins
  • U.S. proof sets in boxes
  • Plastic bags containing “green plant material”
  • Several items containing various documents

The former property owner, James “Buddy” Reynolds, had ties to a Mexican drug cartel, investigators said.

The Wheeling farm served as a base of operations. Police said they’ve been receiving tips and information about Reynolds’ alleged drug ties for 15 years.

Reynolds eventually moved to Panama and died in 2012, police said. Police described the Reynolds operation as a “marijuana distribution empire.”