Staff Reports - INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Law enforcement from local and federal levels arrested 35 people at a number of locations around Indianapolis Wednesday morning after serving warrants.
According to Tim Horty, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office, the warrants were being served on gang members around Marion County.
Officials with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and the FBI confirmed around 525 officers were out assisting in the investigation, including 19 SWAT teams.
During a press conference officials said they arrested 35 individuals during the sweep. 20 of those arrests were of members of "Block Burners," who posted photos of themselves flaunting drug proceeds on social media.
Police say cocaine, heroin and prescription drugs were all confiscated during the sweep, as well as $53,000 in cash.
"The FBI recognizes the hard work and dedication of our close partners on the Safe Streets Task Force, to include the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the Indiana State Police, the United States Attorney's Office, Fishers Police Department, Carmel Police Department and the Marion County Prosecutor's Office," said W. Jay Abbott, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI, Indianapolis.
Chopper 8 flew over an area near Interstate 65 and East Troy Avenue Wednesday morning, where there was a heavy police presence. Horty said it's likely that was connected to the investigation.
"We've identified key persons and areas entrenched in violence and drug activity within Indianapolis, said IMPD Chief Rick Hite. "Today is a shining example of the collaboration with our Federal, State and local partners while listening to the concerns within our community. These arrests serve as a reminder to those who wreak havoc on our community; that you will be investigated, and you will be arrested."
Arrested for federal conspiracy to distribute cocaine or heroin were:
- David Williams, 36
- Fred Davidson, 32
- Damon Smith, 19, a/k/a Dumm
- Dustin Murry, 28, a/k/a D-Rock
- Scott Foor, 34, a/k/a White Boy
- Mark Nelson, 29
- Donte York, 23
- Darrell Stennis, 26
- Aaron Garrett, 22, a/k/a Nanny
- Anthony Burgess, 22
- Brandon Jordan, 27, a/k/a B
- William Davenport, 25
Garrett, Jordan, and Murry will also face federal charges of possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking activity.
32-year-old Kevin Kyner, a/k/a Kevin Leslie, also faces federal narcotic and weapons charges.
Arrested for state narcotic and firearms charges:
- Tremaine Tatum, 22
- William Patterson, 39
- Kevin Johnson, 27
- Dominque Burton, 27
- Khadijah Walker, 34
- Craig Cooper, 18
- Marcus Baxter, 26
- Tommie Jackson, 35
Not yet arrested is William Brown, the man agents call the master mind behind it all.
"Strategic investigations such as this are key to dismantling the criminal enterprises which contribute to violent crime and illegal drug distribution in our community," Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry added. "We appreciate the cooperation of the law enforcement agencies, agents, troopers, officers and prosecutors involved in this investigation."
Governor Mike Pence issued the following statement on the arrests:
I want to commend the hundreds of law enforcement officers involved in what has been described as one of the largest crime sweeps in Indianapolis history. More than one hundred troopers from the Indiana State Police, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, as well as dozens of other police officers from more than twenty other police agencies, teamed with federal agents as part of the FBI's Safe Streets Task Force, a coordinated effort to detain those involved in gang activity, drug and violent crimes.
This multi-agency effort targeted some of the most dangerous criminals and is a testament to the courage and bravery of our officers. Hoosiers may rest assured that our neighborhoods will be safer places now that dozens of suspected criminals are off the streets."