GREENFIELD, Ind. (Nov. 3, 2015)-- Investigators believe a 20-year-old man was dealing drugs and guns across the country from inside his family’s Hancock County home.
Police arrested Gurinder Khera, 20, on Friday. He remained at the Hancock County Jail on Tuesday on preliminary charges of carrying a handgun without a license, possession of methamphetamine, possession of cocaine, dealing in cocaine or narcotic drug, dealing in methamphetamine, dealing in marijuana, and maintaining a common nuisance.
Khera’s brother said the family is stunned and had no idea anything was going on inside their Greenfield home.
“I feel sick, like I don't even want to come home,” said Ip Khera.
Khera said he can’t believe the accusations of cross-country drug dealing and illegal gun-selling surrounding his younger brother Gurinder.
“I talked to him on the phone. He was telling me he was upset. He made a mistake. But I was like, you brought everyone down with you,” said Khera.
Investigators raided the family’s home off Sheets Court on Friday. Inside detectives said they found handguns, marijuana, meth, cocaine, and unknown substances they had to send off for testing.
“There is a substantial amount of evidence that would point to a pretty large dealing ring here, you know, under our noses here in Greenfield,” said Captain Jeff Rasche with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department.
Neighbors said they’d been suspicious about activity at the residence for a while, but did not expect such a large-scale bust.
“It’s pretty quiet around here,” said Linda Williams, “It’s not fair for us to judge, but bad activity, you just don’t want that around you, and you don’t want it in your neighborhoods. And you don’t want it around your kids.”
Investigators said they started tracking packages entering and exiting the home earlier this summer. Some had controlled substances in them, while others had guns, according to authorities.
Police said there is evidence weapons have even been shipped out of state.
“The combination of money, drugs, and weapons is a big concern. We want to make sure we can investigate this as thoroughly as possible,” Rasche said.
Ip Khera said he and his parents had no idea about the raid until later Friday afternoon.
“It turned out the police had raided our home here, basically went through his room and seized iPads, and found a gun and some stuff in his room,” he said.
Khera said police got all the evidence out of his brother’s room. He maintains he and his parents never knew about any of his brother’s suspected illegal activity.
“We have no idea where he was even getting it from, how he got involved in it,” he said, “My parents are in complete shock. They said they don't want to have anything to do with him.”
Investigators said other charges in Greenfield and across the country are possible as a result of this case.
“I would hope that there would be some other arrests down the road, whether it be here in Greenfield or whether it be out of state,” Rasche said.
Formal charges had not been filed as of Tuesday, and the prosecutor’s office was not open to retrieve any information regarding an affidavit of probable cause, because the offices were closed for Election Day.
Jail staff report Khera is scheduled to make a court appearance Wednesday.