INDIANAPOLIS — Four Indianapolis men are accused of flying into the Indianapolis airport with 10 or more pounds of marijuana stowed away in their luggage.
Joel Shavers, Mikhail Williams and Keenan Thomas face one count of dealing marijuana in at least 10 pounds, a Level 5 felony in the state of Indiana.
Keith Williams also faces one count of dealing marijuana as a Level 5 felony, but was also charged with dealing in a scheduled one controlled substance, a Level 2 felony, due to psilocybin mushrooms also being found in his luggage.
According to court records, both Shavers, Mikhail Williams and Thomas flew back to Indianapolis from San Francisco with vacuum-sealed bags of marijuana smuggled in their luggage.
Both Shavers and Mikhail Williams were caught on Feb. 27 after a police K9 sniffed out the drugs in their luggage. Police claim Shavers had 18 pounds of marijuana in his luggage along with another 10.5 grams in his backpack.
Mikhail Williams reportedly had 17 pounds of marijuana in his luggage.
On March 3, a K9 officer again signaled to its handlers of the presence of drugs in a bag on the luggage carousel. This bag reportedly belonged to Thomas and was found to have 10 pounds of marijuana within.
Five days later, on March 8, officers searched a bag belonging to Keith Williams who had returned to Indianapolis from Los Angeles. Williams reportedly had 11 pounds of marijuana, one pound of mushrooms and 94 THC vapes in his luggage.
The drugs were all detected by Plainfield police K9 Axel.
Court records claim that suspect Keenan Thomas confessed he planned to sell the drugs while Mikhail Williams admitted he was being paid to make his delivery.
Between the three busts, law enforcement confiscated approximately 56 pounds of marijuana that the men had attempted to smuggle into Indiana, where marijuana remains illegal despite mounting public support.
While the prosecutor, DEA and TSA all declined to talk about the criminal cases today, federal transportation officials confirm it is illegal to bring drugs on a plane, even if the state someone is flying from allows the legal sale or possession of marijuana.
A TSA spokesperson provided a written statement for context explaining, “TSA’s screening procedures are focused on security and are designed to detect potential threats to aviation and passengers. TSA officers are not looking for marijuana or other drugs; however, if they come across it during the regular security screening process, TSA will notify local police at the airport because marijuana is illegal from a federal perspective. it is up to the police as to how they want to handle it.”
All four suspects do have Indianapolis addresses. Active arrests warrants have been issued for all four men.
Jesse Wells contributed to this report.