Police, DOC sweeps net drugs, weapons

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – An early morning wake-up call for a couple dozen convicted felons Thursday ended with IMPD officers finding suspected drugs, weapons and ammunition.

The unannounced checks were part of a pilot program where Department of Correction parole officers are assigned to police districts. The goal is to expand the program to all of IMPD’s districts.

On Thursday morning, three teams of police and parole officers visited registered addresses for 28 convicted felons. 24-Hour News 8 rode along with one of the teams.

“We could have someone for theft up to someone who has committed murder that is living in this area,” said DOC Parole Officer Nicole Armstrong.

At one apartment complex on the west side, police found a wad of cash, $1,100 , and what appeared to be a small bag of marijuana. There may have been more drugs.

“Some lose marijuana in the kitchen sink and the garbage disposal, where it appeared to be where they were trying to destroy the evidence of marijuana,” said IMPD Officer Larry Stargel.

Results of the spot checks varied. Some convicted felons were at home and were found to be following the terms of their parole. Others were nowhere to be seen.

“This is his grandparents house. They don’t know where he is at this time,” said IMPD Sgt. Matt Grimes after checking a home on the near west side.

At one stop, the person inside refused to let the team in. A case officer will be sent back to follow up.

“It’s kind of a red flag. Is she doing something wrong? Is she doing drugs? She doesn’t want us to come in the house,” said Alexander.

It was a different story at a house in the 1200 block of Holmes. The parolee left in handcuffs. A search of the home uncovered a shotgun in a closet. Police found what looks like marijuana along with a scale. They also confiscated a box of ammunition.

“Even though the shotgun was in a common area, the terms of his parole is he cannot be around any type of firearms,” said IMPD Detective Matt Stevenson.

Those taken into custody were transported to IMPD’s Northwest District headquarters to be interviewed and processed for violating the terms of their parole.

The pilot program is designed to streamline the process of dealing with parolees. IMPD’s northwest District was the first to team up with DOC parole officers. In the coming weeks, the program will expand to the Southwest District.

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