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Indy Drug Trafficking Ring Busted; Ten People Facing Life in Prison

The joint investigation between the FBI, IMPD & Marion Co. Sheriff's Office turned up 12 pounds of meth and cocaine, $50,000 in cash and 17 guns.

INDIANAPOLIS – A major drug trafficking operation that brought "unprecedented quantities of illegal drugs into the Indianapolis community" has been dismantled and the people behind the scenes could spend the rest of their lives behind bars.

10 people have been indicted by a grand jury in Indianapolis after their drug-running operation was dismantled raided by the FBI, IMPD and the Marion County Sheriff's Office, United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced Friday. 

The joint investigation turned up meth, cocaine, fentanyl, heroin and marijuana, $50,000 in cash and 17 guns, including several assault-style weapons. 

Court documents show that 23-year-old Brayan Quinonez would receive the drugs from the US-Mexico border and distribute them to other dealers from a house he shared in the 3100 block of Ellen Drive. 

"This illegal activity will not be tolerated and those who deal drugs in Marion County will soon realize my commitment to help stop the flow of narcotics here. I want the Southern District of Indiana to be the most inhospitable place in the country to sell drugs," Minkler said. 

W. Jay Abbott, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Indianapolis Division, says the investigation shows how law enforcement partnerships can "remove dangerous offenders and the poison they peddle from the streets".

All ten defendants could face life in prison if convicted, according to Assistant US Attorney Michelle Brady. Brady is prosecuting the case for the government.

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