ANDERSON, Ind. (WISH) - A six-month investigation put eight people behind bars for dealing drugs in central Indiana on Thursday. It’s the largest heroin bust in the Madison County Drug Task Force history. Police believe it will affect not only Anderson, but all of central Indiana.
It’s well-known that heroin is a growing problem in the region, but it’s where this bust took place that took many people by surprise.
“I would never think that something like that was going on especially just a few buildings in front of me,” Courtney Crockett said.
She lives near the 82 Flats apartment complex on Indy’s northwest side. She says it’s a prime spot.
“This is an area for young professionals, a lot of nice restaurants, we’re right between the mall so it’s a popular place,” Crockett said.
But that’s where Anderson and Marion County investigators arrested eight people on various drug charges Wednesday night. The following people were arrested:
- Shaunette Yvonne Brooke, 36, Indianapolis
- Jerome Dixon, 42, Indianapolis
- Jessica Rose Inhold, 25, Anderson
- Brian C. Deweese, 41, Anderson
- Jayme Michelle Dollens, 22, Pendleton
- Bobby Wayne Moore, 64, Anderson
- Jon Robert Niccum, 38, Anderson
- James Alexis Dixon, 44, New York
During the raid, police confiscated $100,000 in cash, plus drugs.
“Three pounds of heroin and a half kilo of cocaine. A kilo is two and a half pounds, so we took half of that,” Anderson Police Det. Joel Sandefur said.
Authorities also took two vehicles, a Ford Nitro and a BMW, they believe were paid for with drug money. Money that was coming from Anderson and possibly other Indiana cities.
“Anderson was not the only destination for the heroin. There were communities like Pendleton that were targeted. Alexandria, Elwood and Chesterfield was where some of these drugs were earmarked to go,” Det. Sandefur said.
Det. Sandefur says the investigation has stripped the supplies, but the demand is still there and he believes it will take more than police to address it.
“It involves the entire community. Faith-based members, medical field, lawmakers and a host of all other entities,” Det. Sandefur said.
But for Crockett, knowing a drug operation was happening right in her back yard is scary enough.
“You move here for a reason, to feel safe. And to have that going on right next to me is a little worrisome,” she said.
Police believe the heroin and cocaine came to central Indiana from New York before being distributed to Anderson and other cities.
The investigation is ongoing and the Madison County Drug Task Force expects more arrests to be made.