In Indiana, authorities announced that they recently broke up a large scale
drug trafficking ring. In fact, authorities dubbed the Indiana drug trafficking
ring the largest they had seen in a long time, noting that it spanned
more than one state. The investigation, which led to dozens of arrests,
has been ongoing since 2013.
The drug investigation pinpointed a furniture store owner in Indianapolis
who has been labeled the ringleader of the drug ring. The man is 46 years
old. In total, the break-up of the ring resulted in 20 federal and 45
state arrests since the inception of the investigation. The drugs involved
were reportedly transported from the southwest up to Indiana on a regular basis.
The authorities say that the arrest of the 46-year-old led investigators
to more than 35 kilograms of heroin and cocaine. Authorities say they
confiscated over two dozen guns and $4.5 million. A previous drug ring
dismantled by authorities is said to have provided the latest names and
details that led to this most recent drug ring bust.
Large scale drug trafficking ring arrests in Indiana may make it daunting
for authorities to establish each individual role in the alleged criminal
operation. One person may face possession charges while another may face
trafficking charges, while yet another individual may simply have been
in the wrong place at the wrong time. The amount of drugs confiscated
and the manner in which those drugs, cash and any weapons were seized
typically play a central role in how a criminal case may proceed. Defense
counsel may help an accused individual to understand the substance of
any charges filed and assist in assessing the viability of various defense
options, including any motions to exclude evidence based upon illegal
search and seizure claims.