UPDATE (Dec. 18, 2018): Jakovian White-Berry pleaded guilty to dealing in a narcotic drug and was sentenced to 1,800 days in jail, with 1,073 days suspended and 182 days of jail credit.
UPDATE (Oct. 31, 2018): Bobby Spencer pleaded guilty to dealing cocaine or narcotic drug on Oct. 31, 2018. He was sentenced to 2,157 days of probation.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana State Police have arrested two men in connection with a drug trafficking operation that has been moving heroin from Indianapolis to the Bloomington area.
Jakovian White-Berry, 20, and Bobby Spencer, 24, face high-level felony charges for conspiracy to deal in narcotics over 10 grams. Both men are from Indianapolis.
State police investigators, with the help of Bloomington police, used a wiretap to find people from Monroe County they say were communicating with White-Berry and Spencer.
“This group that was being investigated was actually targeting folks from Brown, Monroe, and Owen counties,” Indiana State Police Sgt. Curt Durnil said.
One of the people told them the operation went by the name “L” and that “…he had been dealing with ‘L’ for approximately one year,” according to court documents.
The person “…indicated that ‘L’ was three different people, and he never knew which one would show up.” He also said “…he thought ‘L’ supplied almost all of the heroin in southern Indiana.”
Using text messages, investigators tracked multiple drug buys along 38th Street during the day and night. Some took place in the parking lots of businesses like Steak and Shake, Burger King and O’Reilly’s Auto Parts.
Durnil says drug trafficking along roads from Indianapolis to Bloomington is not unusual, and that as I-69 gets closer to reality, it could happen even more often.
Last week, Monroe County Sheriff Brad Swain told FOX59 that he had seen it firsthand, with the opening of I-69 between Evansville and Bloomington.
“Within hours of the interstate opening, we had Vanderburgh County residents in jail (for) trafficking, transporting drugs,” Swain said.
In this case, state police say they’ll keep investigating, since the drugs will keep coming.
“What they’re doing is hopefully getting some of this stuff off the street and hopefully saving a life,” Durnil said.
If you have any information about drug trafficking or see anything suspicious, Durnil says you should call state police so they can check it out.