Heroin in Indiana: A Drug Ring From Chicago Busted
EVANSVILLE, Ind.--A heroin trafficking organization has been broken up. The group brought in more than 10 lbs. of heroin into the Evansville area in the past nine months, said U.S. Atty. Josh Minkler. But, he believes with eight arrests announced today, the group has been stopped.
Drug dealers in jail
"I will always reserve a spot in my jail to put a dirt bag drug dealer in. I will assure you of that," said Sheriff Dave Wedding, at a news conference in Evansville.
The indictments say that the heroin came from a head office of sorts in Illinois. It was delivered to lower level drug dealers in southwestern Indiana on a franchise basis.
“Trafficking in heroin not only brings gun and gang violence to a community, it contributes to the opioid crisis our country faces,” said Minkler. “Helping to reduce crime in our neighborhoods, is, and will remain a top priority of this office.”
“Every day, 91 Americans die from opioids such as heroin and prescription drugs; federal and local law enforcement working together will stop these criminal organizations who profit from addiction,” said Greg Westfall DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge. “Saving lives by pursuing these drug traffickers remains DEA’s #1 priority.”
Those arrested include:
- David Capers, 38, Hazel Crest, Illinois
- Emanuel Brewster, 47, Evansville, Indiana
- Harry Campbell, 40, Evansville, Indiana
- Deandre Brewster, 23, Evansville, Indiana
- John Rutter, 29, Evansville, Indiana
- Tarana Grimes, 49, Evansville, Indiana
- Bretton Vaughn, 41, Chicago, Illinois
- Rochelle Brewster, 46, Merrillville, Indiana
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