Drugs seized from Indy apartment tied to large Madison County drug ring

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By Kendall Downing

ANDERSON, Ind. -- Big drugs and big money, and it's all coming from the Big Apple. Police said they've dismantled a drug pipeline from New York City, to Indianapolis, to Anderson.

Eight people are under arrest, after police seized cash, heroin, and cocaine from an apartment near Castleton on Wednesday night.

Of those eight charged, two are considered the main players. Police said they were distributors, funneling heroin and cocaine from Indianapolis to Madison County and living a luxurious lifestyle at that, driving fancy cars and wearing nice clothes.

A 7-series BMW and four-wheel drive Dodge Nitro sat impounded Thursday afternoon in Anderson, while their drivers, 36-year-old Shaunette Brooks and 42-year-old Jerome Dixon, face a slew of drug charges.

"It's the largest heroin arrest that this drug task force has seen in their history, which is alarming," said Det. Joel Sandefur with the Anderson Police Department.

The Madison County Drug Task Force raided the couple's Indianapolis apartment on Wednesday night. Neighbors at the complex said there was always activity at the apartment, with people going on and out.

Inside police found nearly three pounds of heroin and a half kilo of cocaine, drugs worth $250,000. Police also confiscated cash, $100,000 worth.

"It tells us, one, that heroin is just not a bit city problem," said Sandefur, "It's a problem that many communities in the heartland, small-town U.S.A has to face."

Sandefur said the two were heroin and cocaine distributors, taking it in at their apartment and sending it out to five other people, who've also been charged. Their duty was dealing on the streets of Madison County, a shock to residents like Myla Dywer.

"You know with all the stuff going on in Indy, to think that could filter down here, it's pretty scary," said Dwyer.

Sandefur said it isn't over. It's likely there are more low-level dealers in Madison County that haven't been caught, yet.

"We're still investigating this, and more arrests are going to be coming," he said.

The eighth person charged is a man from New York who was in the apartment at the time of the raid. Detectives are still working to figure out his role.