INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Over 700 officers from multiple law enforcement agencies conducted a large warrant sweep across central Indiana that resulted in dozens of arrests and the acquisition of nearly $400,000 in drugs and illegally possessed firearms.
The officers executed the warrants Thursday stemming from an investigation that began in February of this year. Forty-one people were arrested, and 23 of those individuals arrested are facing federal charges for conspiracy to distribute meth, cocaine and heroin. The 12 people in this photo gallery are still on the loose.
The following was seized in the raid:
- 19 pounds of meth with a street value of well over $200,000
- 1.5 kilograms of heroin with a street value of well over $150,000
- 1 kilo of cocaine with a street value of $20,000
- $85,000 in drug money
- 94 illegally possessed firearms
“I’m here to assure you not only as mayor, but as a former federal prosecutor that your neighborhoods and your communities and this city is safer today than it was yesterday,” said Mayor Joe Hogsett.
The federal probe started earlier in 2016. Detectives learned two brothers, Jose and Juan Zamudio, were bringing meth and other drugs to Indianapolis from the border and running a cartel, distributing drugs to other people to sell.
"The drugs used to come from source cities like Chicago, or New York, or Miami. The drugs in this case came straight from the southwest border. We are a target city for the southwest border," said John Minkler, U.S. Attorney.
IMPD maintain that tips from the public in recent months have contributed to an uptick in drug busts and arrests.
"One of the things that we've done is really focus on guns and narcotics trafficking in Indianapolis," said IMPD Chief Troy Riggs.
"I think it's reasonable to believe this will send a shock wave through some of the lower-level dealers and perhaps some of the people who are using," said Scott Watson, with Heartland Intervention.
Watson notes law enforcement across central Indiana have stepped up the effort to fight drugs in recent months, meaning supplies for various drugs could be seriously limited on the streets, but not totally stopped.
"People who are addicted to drugs are typically very, very good at doing what they need to do to get drugs, so an arrest like this probably won't mean they can't get it. An arrest like this will mean they will have a harder time getting it and will have to pay a higher price for it," he said.