Major drug organization dismantled on west side

Officials speak on recent drug and gun arrests on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015. (WISH Photo/Nick Natario)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Officials in Indianapolis held a news conference Wednesday to discuss a major methamphetamine and heroin ring bust on the west side of the city.

United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced the arrests in “Operation This And That.” He said the ringleader of the operation, David McMichel, handled a huge amount of guns and drugs. He was serving his third felony conviction on house arrest while leading this drug trafficking organization.

“In my opinion there is no place where an individual should be able to lead a drug trafficking organization, but you certainly shouldn’t be able to lead a drug trafficking organization while serving a felony sentence,” Minkler said.

One woman who was in a separate apartment inside the same home as McMichel told WISH-TV what the morning arrest was like.

“I heard a bang, a boom and it was like a door kicked in,” a witness said.

She was surprised to hear what was going on.

“You never know what they’re coming for,” the witness said. “You don’t know what your neighbors are doing. You don’t know what these people are doing or why they stay up all night.”

Photos show those involved in "Operation This And That." (WISH Photo/Nick Natario)
Photos show those involved in “Operation This And That.” (WISH Photo/Nick Natario)

McMichel is one of 11 people who were federally arrested Wednesday morning. Authorities began serving warrants on the city’s west side at 6 a.m. During one of those warrant services, officials say a suspect fired a shot at an officer. They say officers did not return fire, and no injuries were reported in any of the warrant services.

Two people in the drug operation are still at large, according to authorities. They are Jacob Dodson and Steven Eldridge.

Minkler said Wednesday that tens of thousands of dollars in drug proceeds have been recovered so far in the investigation. Nineteen guns alone were recovered Wednesday.

Officials who spoke at the press conference said heroin has been, and will be, the number one priority for the DEA. A study said Indianapolis ranked 4th in the number of people arrested who were addicted to or tested positive for heroin.

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