CASS COUNTY, Ind. – The Cass County Drug Task Force, assisted by Indiana State Police, arrested dozens of people after conducting multiple drug investigations.
“Heroin, meth, and marijuana are probably the three big ones,” said Logansport Police Lt. A.J. Rozzi.
A total of 39 people were arrested between the span of September 13 and November 7.
Some of the charges include misdemeanor dealing and possession of marijuana; maintaining a common nuisance; assisting a criminal; unlawful gambling; possession of meth; unlawful possession of a firearm; dealing and possession of cocaine; neglect of a dependent; and dealing in schedule III substance.
In some cases, observant citizens helped tip off police.
“We try to follow up on everything and the guys are doing a tremendous job,” said Lt. Rozzi.
The task force says the drugs are brought in from Indianapolis, Kokomo, Chicago, even California. The substances then end up on the streets of Logansport.
Most of the suspects are repeat offenders and many are under the age of 30. Detectives say some are even father and son duos, like Kyle and Steve Titus.
“Sometimes you get the same person two to three times and they are able to bond out and go right back at what they are doing and then go get them again,” said Lt. Rozzi.
Local drug rehab specialists say the recent mug shots are just some of the faces of addiction in Cass County.
“A huge influx of opioid and heroin addiction but meth is still sticking around,” said VP of operations of the Four County counseling center Bethany Schoenradt.
Four County Counseling Center has several locations in rural Indiana, including one in Logansport. Counselors work closely with police to offer services to those that have been overtaken by addiction a problem Schoenradt says the state cannot arrest their way out of.
“You were arrested or you lost your kids or whatever the case may be…why are you continuing to use drugs and why can you not just stop? Well, there are both psychological and physiological dependencies,” said Schoenradt.
The Cass County drug task force says they still have a lot of work to do and will continue working with the public to identify suspects involved in illegal drug activity. If you would like to report illegal drug activity in the Cass County area call the Logansport Police Department.
The drug task force says they expect to make additional arrests in the coming weeks. Citizens are encouraged to report suspicious activity in their neighborhoods to the Logansport Police Department or the Cass County Sheriff’s Department.
The Cass County Drug Task Force can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.