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ANDERSON, Ind. — A federal investigation has led to charges against five people accused of operating a drug trafficking organization.

United States Attorney Josh Minkler announced the arrests Friday morning in Anderson.

“Operation Glassbox” resulted in the arrests of:

  • Charles House, 37, Anderson
  • Sean Brown, 25, Anderson
  • Tommy Compton, 39, Indianapolis
  • Marcus Hayes-Patterson, 34, Anderson
  • Gregory Hendricks, 34, Anderson

Officers say the investigation into the men began in October 2018.

Investigators say House traveled to California to purchase narcotics, then mailed them back to Indiana. The drugs were then distributed by Brown, Hendricks and Hayes-Patterson in Anderson, police say. Compton also provided House with marijuana.

The group faces charges of:

  • Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and marijuana
  • Distribution of methamphetamine and marijuana
  • Unlawful use of a communication facility.

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to identifying and removing violent drug traffickers who have infested our neighborhoods,” Minkler said in a news release. 

“These individuals thought they were above the law and could run their drug trafficking organization without any consequences. These arrests send a strong message that there is zero-tolerance for those who bring dangerous drugs into our communities,” said Special Agent in Charge Grant Mendenhall, FBI Indianapolis. “It should also send a very clear message that the FBI and our law enforcement partners aren’t going anywhere – we will continue our collaborative efforts to identify and dismantle criminal enterprises anywhere in the state of Indiana and hold those involved accountable.”