21 Indicted in Federal Drug Bust Operation With Ties to the Tri-State

Multiple drug-related arrests were made in the Tri-State area as part of a federal investigation that's been going on for months.

Posted: Nov 30, 2021 9:01 AM
Updated: Dec 1, 2021 9:28 AM

Authorities in Vanderburgh County assisted federal agencies in a large drug bust operation on Tuesday.

The DEA, US Marshals Task Force, FBI, Vanderburgh County Drug Task Force, and other law enforcement agencies in the Evansville area began serving a large number of search warrants and arrest warrants on Tuesday morning around 6:00 a.m.

Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding tells 44News that 11 people were taken into custody Tuesday in the Tri-State area on charges related to methamphetamine and fentanyl as a result of the operation.

According to the sheriff, this is all part of a months-long investigation that is being led by the DEA.

Sheriff Wedding said that the 11 people who were taken into custody in our area on Tuesday would face federal charges in connection to the investigation.

"The war on drugs, I would equate to football," Sheriff Wedding said. "We were down 28 to 0, we just scored a touchdown - we're still down 28 to 7. We've got a long way to catch up."

"I'm glad we put these people in jail and I hope they are punished severely," Sheriff Wedding continued.

Those 11 people are included in a federal indictment that was released later on Tuesday. It lists 21 individuals total.

The indictment claims that a person named Julian Green was the "leader and supervisor" of the operation.

It says that the alleged drug activity spanned from Indianapolis down to southern Indiana cities like Princeton and Evansville, even reaching over into western Kentucky. You can click here to view the full thing.

Right now, the sheriff's office can't confirm whether or not these arrests are tied to any other previous investigations, but authorities plan to hold a press conference in Evansville on Friday that will shed more light on the suspects and operation.

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