CASS COUNTY and MIAMI COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) – Officers with the CLEAN Team and Indiana State Police Drug Enforcement Section completed a four month long narcotics investigation called Operation Smack Down.
Police served a search warrant to the home of 38-year-old Shashanna Brent in the 11000 block of South Cass County Road 950 East in Galveston Ind. Police say they believed Brent had a significant amount of heroin to sell to dealers in Miami County.
“By removing them from our streets, we have in turn made our communities safer,” said Sgt. Tony Slocum.
While inside the home officers found approximately 200 grams of heroin and around $87,000 in cash, three hand guns, ammunition, two digital scales and clear plastic bags. The estimated value for the heroin is $200,000.
Police say they also found Brent’s 8-year-old daughter inside the home.
“Quite often people who distribute narcotics will intentionally try to live in rural areas, try to live the quiet life, not drawing attention to themselves, so to speak,” said Sgt. Slocum.
The daughter was taken to the Cass County Division of Indiana Department of Child Services. Brent was transported to the Cass County Jail. Brent also faces additional felony charges out of Miami County.
On Wednesday police arrested Brent’s boyfriend, 33-year-old Shaun Myers of Kokomo as part of Operation Smack Down. He was arrested on preliminary charges for conspiracy to commit dealing in a narcotic drug. Police served the warrant to Myers at the Pendleton Correctional Facility, where he is serving time for possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.
In late August police arrested Geare Booth, Jr, 26, Jamie Rogers, 24 and Jimmy Fisher, 30, of Peru, also part of the sweep. They face charges of maintaining a common nuisance. Booth faces charges of possession of heroin with the intent to deal, possession of heroin, possession of a syringe, possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana. Rogers faces additional charges for possession of a narcotic, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a syringe.
Police also arrested 31-year-old Jared Hunt on Aug. 11 in Peru. He faces charges of dealing heroin, possession of heroin, possession of marijuana and resisting law enforcement.
Police say Hunt was arrested by the CLEAN Team after officers saw him illegally sell narcotics at the Arrow Head Estates in Miami County.
“Unfortunately for us when we remove one person or one subset or group off the streets who have been distributing narcotics there’s always someone looking to make that easy buck, someone looking to take their place,” said Sgt. Slocum.
Anyone with information about drug possession, distribution or manufacturing should call local law enforcement agencies or the Indiana State Police Drug Tip Line at 1800-453-4756.