Putnam County Prosecutor Tim Bookwalter announced Monday the completion of a 14-month investigation into an alleged drug ring operating in the county.
Five people have been charged in the case that involves the sale of prescription medications such as Xanax and Oxycodone and illegal drugs including cocaine and methamphetamine.
Charged are Christopher Lee Dixie, Greencastle, for dealing in cocaine and being a habitual offender; Daniel Crickmore, Greencastle, for dealing in methamphetamine and Xanax; Jeremy Crickmore, Greencastle, two counts of dealing in methamphetamine; Thomas L. Gorham III, Greencastle, for dealing in methamphetamine; and Richard James Thomas, Greencastle, for dealing in Hydrocodone and being a habitual offender, he said.
"These charges came as a result of a 14-month undercover investigation by the Putnam County Sheriff's Department," Bookwalter said. "Police officers from Clay County assisted in the undercover work."
According to police reports, the investigation began in June of 2006 when undercover officers, through the assistance of a confidential informant, purchased prescription pills and methamphetamine from individuals in Putnam County.
On several occasions, the officer bought varying amounts of Hydrocdone, Xanax, Oxycodone and similar prescription pills, ranging in price from $2 per pill to $3.
Additionally, the officers ordered several units of methamphetamine, ranging in amounts from $600 to $1,200.
Several of the deals went down in Greencastle and the others at Cloverdale, near the interstate, according to police reports.
The prosecutor reminded the public that individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty.