3 Indy men charged for illegally possessing firearms

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Three Indianapolis men were indicted on Thursday on firearms charges, according to the United States Attorney.

According to a release, the individuals are felons and were not legally permitted to carry a firearm.

James Lewis, 35, Adrian Bullock, 25 and Jose Eduardo Mercado, 33, were arrested during separate incidents.

Members of the United States Marshals Fugitive Task Force arrested Lewis on the east side of Indianapolis on April 13. Lewis was in possession of a 9mm handgun.

Bullock was taken into custody by Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers at his home in the 1700 block of Oxford Street. Police say that Bullock ran from a vehicle he was driving and fought with officers as they attempted to place him in handcuffs. Police found two rifles and a handgun inside his vehicle.

IMPD arrested Mercado at his northwest side residence. Police found a .40 caliber handgun and over 50 grams of meth. Police say Mercado is unlawfully in the U.S.

“The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has a duty to ensure the safety of those living in our neighborhoods,” said IMPD Chief Rick Hite. “Keeping firearms out of the hands of those who cannot legally possess them remains a top priority of IMPD. We appreciate the hard work of the men and woman of IMPD keeping our neighborhoods safe, and the assistance of our federal partners with their assistance to pursue these cases for prosecution.”

United States Attorney Josh Minkler said their offices are committed to investigating felons who are illegally possessing firearms.