INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler announced the charges related to drug trafficking operation that began Thursday morning during an afternoon press conference. Members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service, Indiana State Police and IMPD Chief Troy Riggs joined Minkler during the announcement.
Minkler announced there have been federal indictments against 23 people who are alleged to be dealing methamphetamine on the southwest side of Indianapolis.
In February, law officials determined an organization was responsible for bringing in large quantities of methamphetamine into neighborhoods on the southwest side of Indy.
Minkler said brother Jose and Juan Zamudio were identified as the local source of supply. He said they brought methamphetamine and other narcotics into Indy.
There were 53 arrest warrants and 40 search warrants served. 41 people were arrested and police are still seeking 12 suspects.
Police seized the following:
- 94 illegally-possessed firearms
- 19 pounds of methamphetamine
- 1.5 kilos of heroin
- 1 kilo of cocaine
- $85,000 in cash
Police have charged the following people:
- Daryl Albertson, 44
- Jessica Dreyer, 40
- Amanda Nelson Craft, 40
- Kimberly Gaskins, 44
- Jose Zamudio, 36
- Christian Morales, 27
- Alejandro Garcia, 34
- Adrian Bennett, 33
- Jeffrey Rush, 49
- Samantha Barton, 40
- Joseph Coltharp, 49
- James Smotherman, 42
- Anthony Plymate, 47
- Falisha Shatz, 38
- Christopher Williams, 34
- Juan Zamudio, 31
- Maria Gonzalez, 36
- Evelyn Perez, 22
- Jeremy Perdue, 34
- Gerardo Nunez, 26
- David Silnes, 41
- Timothy Berry, 29
- Armando Bautista, 37
“The FBI’s message is clear and unequivocal,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge W. Jay Abbott. “We will continue to work together with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to rid the streets throughout Indiana of dangerous and violent offenders. Today’s operation illustrates our commitment to using our combined resources to attack these criminal enterprises.”
The FBI, Indiana State Police and Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department were at multiple locations in Indianapolis and other Indiana counties to the south on Thursday as part of a raid, according to officials with the FBI.
Search warrants were being served in multiple locations and nearly 700 officers were involved in the raids.
Residents in Indianapolis reported to 24-Hour News 8 that they were seeing a large presence of police on the city’s southwest side just after 6 a.m.
The Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Brady said all defendants face 10 years to life if convicted on all counts.
Several residents stood inside IMPD’s Southwest District to listen to the news conference. After it was over, a group of residents stood and clapped displaying their approval for the series of raids. Leigh McCall who lives in one of the areas raid tells 24-Hour News 8, she feels safer.
The investigation is ongoing, U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler didn’t rule out the possibility of more raids before the year is over.