INDIANAPOLIS – An Indianapolis man will spend 27 years behind bars for dealing drugs and laundering money.
George West, 36, was sentenced to 27 years for dealing methamphetamine and heroin, and an additional 20 years for money laundering. The sentences will be served concurrently.
Court papers say that in Nov. 2018, West was traveling on I-70 in Hancock Couty when he was stopped for breaking several traffic laws.
During the traffic stop, he gave a sheriff’s deputy false identification and became combative. He ran from the deputy and ended up back at the car he was driving. West tried to drive away and, in doing so, hit the deputy with the car. Deputies were able to stop West, but he continued to struggle and at one point tried to unholster a deputy’s gun.
A police K-9 alerted to the possible presence of drugs in West’s vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, deputies found about three pounds of methamphetamine. West admitted to having drugs and said there were more at his apartment.
When police searched his apartment, they found four loaded guns, some heroin, some meth, and other items related to drug trafficking.
“Heroin and methamphetamine are dangerous drugs that continue to ravage our communities,” said Acting U.S. Attorney John E. Childress. “Putting those who infect our streets with these terrible drugs behind bars has been and will continue to be a top priority of this office.”
Investigators determined that between May 2018 and Nov. 2018, West bought money orders every month with his drug money to pay rent at his apartment. To conceal the money laundering, he had another person sign his lease and placed their name on the money orders he used to pay the rent. That amount totaled over $29,000.