EVANSVILLE, Ind.–29 people were arrested as part of a drug enforcement operation in southern Indiana on Tuesday. Police believe it spanned over three states.
The leader of an organization distributing drugs throughout the state is Julian Greene of Indianapolis.
“We believe Greene and his organization allegedly distributed large quantities of methamphetamine and fentanyl in central and southern Indiana along with some surrounding jurisdictions,” said Zachary Myers, U.S. attorney for the southern district of Indiana, in a Friday news conference.
Myers said once he sold the meth and fentanyl to other people, they would traffic the drugs to other people. There is one man they are still looking for named L.C. Moore.
“Moore is a black male, approximately 5’7″, and 240 pounds. If you have any information about Moore, please contact the DEA Evansville office,” said Michael Gannon, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration.
16 of the suspects listed by investigators on Friday are from Evansville. The other individuals listed by police are from a variety of locations including Mt Vernon, Princeton, Owensboro, Henderson, Indianapolis, and even Florida.
Gannon says there have been a “record” number of seizures for meth and fentanyl in Indiana in the past few years.
“In this investigation alone, we seized over 40 pounds of meth, about 30 guns, and nearly $300,000 in cash. We’ve also seized about 3,700 fentanyl pills that were counterfeit pills,” said Gannon.
He says over 100,000 people per year die from a drug overdose per year. There have been about 640 drug overdoses in Marion County this year, nearly 500 of which are related to fentanyl. In Vanderburgh County, there have been 89 drug overdoses this year, nearly half of which are related to fentanyl.
On Tuesday afternoon, the full indictment for the case was released. You can view the indictment here.
LISTEN: Part of the press conference