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Police issue 63 arrest warrants as part of drug dealing investigation in Johnson County

FRANKLIN, Ind. – Authorities in Johnson County issued 63 arrest warrants as part of a wide-ranging investigation into drug dealing in the area.

“We want to send a message to any drug dealer from anywhere else, stay the hell out of Johnson County,” said Prosecutor Brad Cooper.  “We don’t want you here, if you come here we’re going to arrest you and put you in prison.”

Officers from multiple departments served warrants Wednesday, including the Franklin Police Department, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Indiana State Police, Edinburgh Police Department, Bargersville Police Department, New Whiteland Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service.

As of Wednesday evening, 49 of the 63 suspects had been found and arrested. Police also arrested an additional four people they found with outstanding warrants, which were not included in the original list of 63.  The roundup is the larger than previous warrant sweeps over the last couple years in Johnson County.

“63 is a big number, right on the heels of 43,” said Franklin Police Chief, Tim O’Sullivan.  “But I would say that’s due to the efforts of being proactive.”

Cooper said 43 of the warrants included charges related to dealing methamphetamine, which is different than a similar sweep in March which included more heroin charges.  18 of the 63 suspects are women, and 18 are from outside Johnson County.

The list of suspects also included a wide age range.  One juvenile was arrested, while most suspects were in their 20s and 30s.  The oldest suspect arrested was 72-year-old Clyde Whitecotton, of Greenwood.

“That one is unusual,” Cooper said.  “Mostly if you’re dealing methamphetamine, you don’t live to 72.”

The arrests followed a months-long investigation involving the Franklin Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Investigations unit. The Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office reviewed the cases, resulting in the arrest warrants.

In the last four years, Cooper said law enforcement agencies have made more than 800 undercover drug buys from suspected dealers and have arrested about 700 suspected dealers.

As with previous “drug roundups,” Wednesday’s operation was aimed at the supply side of illegal drug activity.  The warrant sweep did not focus on drug users or addicts, but targeted suspected dealers who make money selling illegal drugs in the county.

“We like to make this a very public event so that the message gets out to those people that if you’re even thinking of coming to Johnson County, we don’t want you here and we’re not going to treat you very nicely when you get here,”  Cooper said.

Johnson County Sheriff estimated that the influx of arrested suspects will push the jail occupancy up to roughly 450 inmates.  The jail’s capacity is 322 inmates.  But Cox said he and his staff had been preparing for the warrant sweep by acquiring temporary beds and other needed materials.

“Keep in mind, Johnson County is a crowded jail already.  However, we will not turn on the no vacancy sign for individuals such as this.”

Authorities say more warrant sweeps like this one are likely in the future.

 

Arrested were:

  • Bradley Boyd Adair, 37, Edinburgh - Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 4 Felony
  • Amber Michelle Adams, 35, Bargersville - Dealing in a Schedule III Controlled Substance, Level 6 Felony
  • Keegan Kyle Alexander, 28, Mooresville - Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 4 Felony (2 counts)
  • Robert Allen Allison, 50, Edinburgh - Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 4 Felony
  • Jason D. Alstott, 35, Franklin - Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 4 Felony (2 counts)
  • Justin Earl Bowling, 35, Whiteland- Dealing in Marijuana, Class A Misdemeanor
  • Wesley A. Branham, 23, Indianapolis - Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 3 Felony (2 counts)
  • Daniel R. Brown, 32, New Whiteland - Dealing in a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Level 6 Felony
  • Tanner Buskirk, 19, Indianapolis - Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 4 Felony
  • Anna Colleen Carver, 22, Whiteland - (Aiding) Dealing in Marijuana, Class A Misdemeanor
  • Emily L. Chaney, 19, Whiteland - (Aiding) Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 4 Felony
  • Lizabeth Joy Clark, 39, Camby - (Aiding) Dealing Methamphetamine, Level 4 Felony
  • William Bruce Connor, 52, Indianapolis - Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 3 Felony (2 counts)
  • Joshua R. Cubel, 33, Greenwood - (Aiding) Dealing in a Schedule III Controlled Substance, Level 6 Felony
  • Scott Daniel Davis, 39, Franklin - Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 4 Felony (2 counts); Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 5 Felony
  • Collin Jeffrey Degenhardt, 27, Bargersville - Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 4 Felony
  • Phillip Glenn Dexter II, 30, Franklin - (Aiding) Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 4 Felony; Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 4 Felony; (Aiding) Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 4 Felony; Possession of Methamphetamine Level 6 Felony
  • Jerrod M. Emmert, 26, Bargersville - Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 5 Felony
  • Joseph Lee French, 32, Franklin - Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 5 Felony
  • Taylor R. Giddens, 21, Franklin - (Aiding)Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 5 Felony
  • Dominic Patrick Goings, 20, Greenwood, - Dealing in a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, Level 6 Felony
  • Lyle Gordon Greene, 20, Indianapolis - Dealing in a Narcotic Drug, Level 4 Felony
  • April Dawn Hakes, 39, Franklin - Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 4 Felony
  • Anthony Ray Hall, 47, Indianapolis - Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 4 Felony
  • Zachary Earl Harcourt, 22, Indianapolis - Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 3 Felony; Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 4 Felony
  • Mark Alan Harris, 56, Columbus - (Aiding) Dealing in a Narcotic Drug, Level 5 Felony; (Aiding) Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 5 Felony
  • Darrian Paige Ellen Harrison, 23, Edinburgh - Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 4 Felony
  • Timothy A. Hermsdorfer, 39, Greenwood - Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 4 Felony
  • Amber N. Herrera, 28, Greenwood - Dealing in a Schedule III Controlled Substance, Level 6 Felony
  • Brian Scott Huffman, 36, Franklin - (Aiding) Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 3 Felony; Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 4 Felony; Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 2 Felony; Possession of Methamphetamine, Level 3 Felony; Carrying a Handgun w/o a License, Level 5 Felony
  • Tameka Monigue Ivy, 34, Indianapolis - Dealing in a Narcotic, Level 4 Felony (2 counts)
  • Terry Adam King, 27, Franklin - Dealing in a Schedule I Controlled Substance, Level 5 Felony; Dealing in Marijuana, Class A Misdemeanor
  • Peggy S. Landwerlen, 56, New Whiteland - Dealing in a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Level 5 Felony; (Aiding) Dealing in a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Level 6 Felony; Dealing in a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Level 6 Felony; Dealing in a Schedule III Controlled Substance, Level 6 Felony
  • Briana Rachelle Losche, 24, Greenwood - Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 5 Felony; Dealing in a Counterfeit Substance, Level 6 Felony
  • Joshua H. McCauley, 25, Indianapolis - Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 2 Felony; Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 4 Felony; Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 2 Felony; Possession of Methamphetamine, Level 5 Felony
  • Kayrone Reneil McMiller, 25, Whiteland - Dealing in Marijuana, Level 6 Felony
  • Randall L. Miller, 25, Franklin - Dealing in a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Level 4 Felony
  • Paul Ryan Mize, 27, Greenwood - Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 4 Felony
  • Jeffrey J. Molden, 50, Greenwood - Dealing in Marijuana, Class A Misdemeanor (2 counts)
  • Garry Paul Moore, 68, Edinburgh - Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 4 Felony
  • Erica Renee Myers, 30, Edinburgh - Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 5 Felony; (Aiding) Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 5 Felony
  • Justin F. Nicley, 18, Greenwood - Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 3 Felony (2 counts)
  • Brett D. O’Neil, 36, Indianapolis - Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 4 Felony; Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 5 Felony
  • Julie A. Osborne, 45, Greenwood - Dealing in a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Level 4 Felony; Dealing in a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, Level 5 Felony
  • Jason Owen Powell, 38, Franklin - Dealing in a Counterfeit Substance, Level 6 Felony
  • Carl W. Priddy, 43, Greenwood - Dealing in a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Level 5 Felony (2 counts)
  • Ashley M. Priola, 33, Camby - Dealing in a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, Level 6 Felony
  • Julianne Marie Romero, 27, Franklin - Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 4 Felony
  • Jason Eric Shaffer, 38, Franklin - Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 4 Felony; Possession of Methamphetamine, Level 6 Felony
  • Tyler Michael Smith, 26, Franklin - Dealing Marijuana, Class A Misdemeanor
  • Erick Allen Snow, 44, New Whiteland - Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 4 Felony
  • Gabrielle E. A. Sparks, 21, Indianapolis - (Aiding) Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 4 Felony
  • Carlton Tracy Spears, 52, Greenwood - Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 2 Felony; Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 3 Felony; Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 4 Felony
  • Christopher Shane Starnes, 46, Edinburgh - Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 4 Felony (2 counts); Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 5 Felony; Dealing in a Counterfeit Substance, Level 6 Felony
  • Marjorie Ann Summers, 40, Franklin - (Aiding) Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 2 Felony; Possession of Methamphetamine, Level 3 Felony
  • Rodney Trusley, 56, Beech Grove - Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 4 Felony (2 counts)
  • Dominic Vincent VanAvery, 19, Greenwood - Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 4 Felony (3 counts)
  • Lyndsay Nicole VanHorn, 32, Whiteland - Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 5 Felony; Dealing in a Schedule III Controlled Substance, Level 6 Felony
  • Christopher D. Walker, 26, Fort Smith Sebastian, Ark. - Dealing in Marijuana, Class B Misdemeanor
  • Roger Wayne Wethington, Jr., 42, Shelbyville - Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 3 Felony; Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 4 Felony
  • Clyde Richard Whitecotton, 73, Greenwood - Dealing in a Schedule III Controlled Substance, Level 5 Felony (3 counts); Dealing in a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Level 5 Felony; Dealing in a Schedule III Controlled Substance, Level 6 Felony
  • Bryce Lee Williams, 50, Columbus - Dealing in a Narcotic Drug, Level 5 Felony; Dealing in Methamphetamine, Level 5 Felony
  • Mary Lee Wood, 31, Whiteland - Dealing in a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Level 6 Felony; Unlawful Sale of Legend Drugs, Level 6 Felony