DEA seizes 10 pounds of meth from suspect on east side of Indianapolis

Methamphetamine also known as crystal meth

Methamphetamine also known as crystal meth

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) arrested a man on the east side of Indianapolis on federal drug charges.

Julio Rosas, 25, was charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute over 500 grams of methamphetamine and attempted possession with intent to distribute over 500 grams of methamphetamine.

Law enforcement officials learned of a large quantity of methamphetamine destined for Indianapolis this weekend. Federal, state and local officials set up surveillance at a restaurant near East 21st Street and I-70, where Rosas was to pick up the drugs.

Agents from DEA, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Indiana State Police, Lawrence Police Department and the Metro Drug Task Force set up surveillance on September 16 on Rosas at his residence near East 38th Street and North Mitthoeffer Road and the restaurant location.

When Rosas arrived, officials attempted to arrest him but he ran from officers. He was quickly apprehended and taken into custody. Officers recovered a package containing 10 pounds of methamphetamine.

“Marion County has experienced a great deal of violence recently fueled by drug trafficking,” said United States Attorney Josh Minkler. “Those who peddle drugs in our neighborhoods will face the hammer of federal prosecution.”

According to Barry Glickman who is prosecuting this case for the government, Rosas could face up to life in prison if convicted.

Working closely with state and local officials, since July 2016, Indianapolis DEA agents have arrested 15 people and confiscated:

  • 45 pounds of marijuana
  • 26 kilograms of cocaine
  • 31 pounds of methamphetamine
  • 4 pounds of fentanyl
  • 8 firearms