INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WWJ) - Almost two dozen defendants were arrested in Michigan and central Indiana and indicted by a federal grand jury on drug trafficking and money laundering changes in connection to a large-scale drug bust, the U.S. Justice Department announced on Friday evening.
According to officials, 15 individuals were arrested on Thursday in Detroit and across multiple cities in central and southern Indiana and taken into federal custody; three other people were detained on immigration violations.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Indiana said the indictment "charges the defendants with conspiracies to distribute controlled substances, including methamphetamine, and to launder the proceeds of the distributed controlled substances."
Law enforcement involved in the investigation have so far seized over 80 pounds of methamphetamine, 1750 fentanyl pills, approximately 35 grams of fentanyl, one kilogram of cocaine, approximately 4 pounds of marijuana, and a large quantity of suspected THC gummies.
Authorities also seized nine firearms and suspected drug proceeds in excess of $9,000.
The following list provided by the U.S. Attorney's Office gives the individuals currently in federal custody or *at large:
The defendants face between ten years to life imprisonment, no less than five years supervised release, and a $10,000,000 fine if found guilty on charges relating to conspiracy with intent to distribute controlled substances. If any of the individuals are convicted on the money laundering charge, each defendant faces a mandatory minimum of up to twenty years in prison, up to three years of supervised release, and a $500,000 fine, officials said.
Local law enforcement and federal agencies across multiple cities and states collaborated in their efforts to bring the defendants to justice. Efforts were made on several fronts and included collaboration from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Seymour Police Department, the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, the Homeland Security Investigation, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Jackson County Prosecutors Office, the Columbus Police Department, the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office, the Bartholomew County Prosecutors Office, the Indiana State Police, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the Brownsburg Police Department, and the Bloomington Police Department.