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April 13, 2007

Widespread Indiana drug bust nets 18

Police agencies began sting last summer

WARREN AND FOUNTAIN COUNTIES, Ind. — A multicounty drug bust resulted in the arrests of 18 individuals in western Indiana Friday morning.

“We were fairly successful in being able to cultivate confidential informants to make buys and do business ... It’s unusual we’d have so much success in such a short period of time,” said special agent Tim Lindsay, of the Bi-State Drug Task Force, which covers much of western Indiana.

Officers from the Fountain County Sheriff’s, Warren County Sheriff’s, Veedersburg Police, Hillsboro Police, Attica Police, Williamsport Police and Covington Police departments, as well as the Indiana Conservation Officers and the Indiana State Police worked since the summer of 2006 to arrest the individuals for a variety of drug-trafficking offenses.

All suspects were arrested without incident. Four more suspects are expected to be incarcerated over the weekend or by Monday.

Lindsay said some of the remaining suspects have moved out of state, so warrants will be faxed to the respective police departments so the remaining accused can be arrested.

The bust was the result of covert drug operations that involved electronic surveillance and the confidential informant sources who bought the drugs under cover. The drugs are typical of the demographic region, Lindsay said.

The drugs include marijuana, cocaine, heroin and schedule II controlled substances, which are illegally sold prescription drugs in most cases. Examples of schedule II substances could be methadone or morphine.

Drugs with higher schedule ratings indicate lesser substances.

Those arrested include the following:

From Attica: Richard Morinskey Jr., for dealing in marijuana; Eric Taylor, for dealing in methamphetamine; Sean Okane, for conspiracy to deal cocaine; Dennis McEvoy, for dealing in cocaine; Dodie Smith, for possession of cocaine; Sue Hancher, for possession of cocaine; and Harold Hensley, for dealing in a substance represented as a controlled substance.

From Veedersburg: Robert Brown, for dealing in a schedule II controlled substance; and Brad Coffing, for dealing in marijuana.

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