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Drug sweep nets 30 arrests in Clay County

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

County, state and federal law enforcement agencies joined forces Tuesday morning to arrest more than 30 individuals alleged to be involved in drug related activity from neighborhoods across Clay County.

"Anytime we can take someone involved in this type of activity off the streets, our community is much safer for it," Clay County Sheriff' Mike Heaton told The Brazil Times shortly after the main portion of the drug sweep had ended. "Our residents don't want drugs in their community and this investigation is based on community participation in that effort through their reporting tips of suspicious activity."

More than 60 officers from the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Brazil City Police Department, Clay City Police Department, Clay Community Corrections, Clay County Probation Department were joined by officials from the Indiana State Police (Terre Haute and Bloomington posts), Putnam County Sheriff's Department, Parke County Sheriff's Department, the Department of Natural Resources, DEA and the U.S. Marshals Office around 4:30 a.m., Tuesday, for the warrant sweep of at least 25 residences in Clay, Parke, Owen, Hendricks and Monroe counties.

The Department of Family and Child Services were on standby for situations where children are involved. However, no children were discovered in situations where they needed to be removed from a home.

Officers attempted to serve approximately 40 arrest warrants throughout Tuesday and expect to continue the investigation in the upcoming weeks. Officials are hopeful that after seeing the culmination of the two-year investigation that more people will come forward with more tips about drug activity.

After the May 2006 drug sweep, Heaton and BCPD Chief Terry Harrison confirmed that many local residents took action and began reporting suspected drug activity in their neighborhoods throughout Clay County.

"(Investigating tips) is a timely process and people do become frustrated when they think their information is not working, but it is," Harrison said, adding that he was grateful for the public's assistance in the fight against crime. "We encourage people to continue to call with information about suspicious activity in their neighborhoods. All of us in law enforcement want to make sure we keep drugs off the streets."

According to officials, information from tips, along with both the county and city departments establishing full time drug officers to investigate drug related activity, led to an increase in local drug arrests the past few years.

The increased arrests have been welcomed within the community, but many local residents have begun to wonder if Clay County is a haven for drugs.

"Clay County is not experiencing a higher level of drug activity than any other county in the Wabash Valley, or in the state. It only seems more prevalent because of all the arrests," Heaton said. "What makes our area unique is that local law enforcement agencies are working together and have taken a very proactive stance against drugs in our community. We're going to continue to take a proactive stance against the people involved in drugs that are dealing because, you know, last thing we want to see is these drugs ending up in kids hands, which obviously sometimes does. We want to keep them out of our schools, out of our community."


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It would be nice to see this take place in Putnam County as well.

-- Posted by Trying hard on Wed, Aug 6, 2008, at 6:54 AM

It would be real nice to see this also take place at Van Bibber Lake.

-- Posted by wil8139us on Wed, Aug 6, 2008, at 8:23 PM

I am so glad to see this being done.

THANK YOU to all the Officers who continue to get these creeps off of our streets and put them away where they belong. Lets hope when these creeps come to trial they get slammed in jail and do not get back out.

THANKS AGAIN!

KEEP UP THE AWESOME JOB.

GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU INVOLVED...

-- Posted by takeastand on Thu, Aug 7, 2008, at 9:33 AM

I sure wished we had a task force like this one in our area.

Who deal with all the THIEVES in the OWEN AND PUTNAM area.

These creeps continue to break into hard working folks homes and property and get away with it.

Something really needs to be done.

Lets get these criminals put away for good also.

EVERY CITIZEN NEEDS TO DO THEIR PART TO HELP OUR

OFFICERS OUT.

REPORT ANY INFORMATION YOU MIGHT HAVE ON CRIMINAL ACTS THAT GO ON IN YOUR AREA.

WE ALL NEED TO KEEP OUR EYES OPEN AND LOOK OUT FOR OUR GOOD NEIGHBORS.

-- Posted by takeastand on Thu, Aug 7, 2008, at 10:13 AM

These Officer's all work together be it DRUGS or THIEVES. Everyone needs to watch and report unusual vehicle's, you are your neigborhood's eyes along with your School Bus Driver with our schools starting up again.

Once the arrest is made, our court system's are releasing these thieves back onto our streets, back to their way of living with out working at a regular job. This is their job, stealing from others, father's passing it down to their children as a way of life.

We have such family's living right here in Parke County, more then likely hitting other county's around us in the only way they know how to survive, by stealing from others.

Be aware of those License Plate numbers and county they come from when reporting unusual vehicle's in your area.

Together we all can make a difference in getting these people off of our streets and behind bars.

-- Posted by MagyarGypsy on Wed, Aug 13, 2008, at 5:54 AM


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