DEA raids target large-scale drug trafficking ring across Indianapolis

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Federal agents dismantled a large-scale drug trafficking operation in Indianapolis on Thursday.

U.S. Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced federal criminal charges against 35 people for their alleged role in two separate drug trafficking rings.

Those charged include:

  • Danielle Dowling, 43, Indianapolis
  • Linda Bow, 56, Indianapolis
  • Josh Stoops, 41, Indianapolis
  • James Bacon, 51, Indianapolis
  • Micheal Fisher, 27, Indianapolis
  • Steve Anderson, 46, Indianapolis
  • James Swartz, 41, Indianapolis
  • Eric Poore, 42, Indianapolis
  • Janna Broaddus, 33, Indianapolis
  • Josh Unger, 36, Indianapolis
  • Ryan Sawyers, 37, Indianapolis
  • Troy Thornton, 47, Indianapolis
  • Darius Anthony Garcia, 33, Indianapolis
  • Amber Seats, 31, Indianapolis
  • Jeremy Osmon, 40, Indianapolis
  • Tyler Greenwalt , 35, Indianapolis
  • Guy Karnes, 28, Indianapolis
  • Clifford King, Jr., 27, Indianapolis
  • Lisa Roth, 25, Indianapolis (Fugitive)
  • Dylan Williams, 41, Indianapolis
  • Eric Walker, 30, Indianapolis
  • Jeffrey Sacks, 63, Indianapolis
  • Paula Adams, 33, Lafayette
  • Christopher Tate, 29, Indianapolis
  • Jovan Stewart, 31, Indianapolis
  • Robert Hinton, 33, Indianapolis (Fugitive)
  • Tia Dimmett, 29, Indianapolis
  • Lacey Guzman, 35, Indianapolis
  • Sandra Kellogg, 38, Silver Lake, Indiana
  • Desirae Evans, 40, Indianapolis
  • Jose Rodriguez-Chavez, 42, Indianapolis
  • Jason Lewis, 28, Indianapolis
  • Dwyatt Harris, 40, Indianapolis
  • Dorothy Knight, 43, Indianapolis (Fugitive)
  • Chaylon Rush, 52, Indianapolis (Fugitive)

Starting around 6 a.m., federal agents and local officers served arrest warrants and search warrants at 19 locations in the Indianapolis area, looking for alleged drug dealers after an investigation that authorities said was six months in the making. The U.S. Department of Justice said 31 individuals were arrested and are in custody but four remain as fugitives.

During the course of the investigation, authorities say approximately 30 firearms, $70,000 in U.S. currency and 22 pounds of methamphetamine, heroin and fentanyl were seized.

According to the two indictments, Danielle Dowling and Christopher Tate led separate drug trafficking organizations that operated in Indianapolis and distributed large amounts of methamphetamine as well as heroin and fentanyl.

Assistant Special Agent in Charge Michael Gannon is assigned to the Indianapolis District Office for the DEA. 

“For all the drug traffickers out there, we’re going to do what we always do. We’re going to put our resources together and hold them accountable for peddling poison in our streets and preying on people that have substance abuse issues,” said Gannon.

Large scale raids by the feds are nothing new around Indianapolis. In 2017, a series of drug busts helped topple drug kingpin Richard Grundy III.

Just last year, 22 people were arrested as part of a drug trafficking ring in Haughville dubbed Operation Garage Band.

Yet all the cases have one thing in common.

“You know drug traffickers are in business for one reason, to make money. They don’t care whose family they ruin, and we’re going to put them where they belong, in jail,” said Gannon.

Gannon claims numerous drugs, including meth, heroin and fentanyl, were targeted in this week’s raids.

He added that the fight against narcotics doesn’t stop because of the coronavirus outbreak.

“Our job is to go out and dismantle violent drug trafficking organizations, and together with our partners, we’re going to always do that,” said Gannon.

In addition to the DEA, multiple agencies were involved this morning, including IMPD and United States Attorney’s Office.

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