4 men indicted on federal drug and gun charges

Josh Minkler (left). (WISH Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Joe Hogsett stepped down as U.S. Attorney a little over a month ago. His replacement is now sending the message that crime fighting efforts are unchanged.

Josh Minkler is now the acting U.S. Attorney and Thursday he held a news conference along with representatives of the FBI, the ATF and IMPD, among others.

He announced that four men have been indicted on federal charges. William Ballard faces a drug charge. Shane Schmutte, Jacques Boyd, and Joe Jones face gun charges. All are convicted felons who are accused of committing crimes in Indianapolis.

William Ballard. (Provided Photo)
William Ballard. (Provided Photo)
Jacques Boyd. (Provided Photo)
Jacques Boyd. (Provided Photo)
Shane Schmutte. (Provided Photo)
Shane Schmutte. (Provided Photo)

“These young men, these folk who were arrested, were brought to federal court because, in fact, they have arrived there,” said Police Chief Rick Hite. “They chose to be there.”

“We’ve established kind of a stand alone violent crime task force with FBI agents, IMPD detectives who worked hand in hand on a daily basis to go after these most significant threats,” said Kevin Lyons of the FBI.

The four men who were indicted will now face longer sentences for federal crimes.

And the message is being sent to others that, if you have an arrest record and return to a life of crime, the consequences become greater, no matter who serves in the U.S. Attorney’s office.

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