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Men sentenced for aiding inmate-run meth ring

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Two men found guilty of participating in a drug-trafficking ring directed by Indiana prison inmates were sentenced in federal court on Tuesday.

Russell Yerden, 45, was sentenced to 27 years and three months and Michael Foley, 32, was sentenced to 25 years in prison by Judge Sarah Evans Barker of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, according to a news release issued by the office of U.S. Southern District Attorney Joe Hogsett.

Yerden and Foley were convicted of conspiring in 2012 with inmates Oscar Perez at the Westville Control Unit, Justin “Big J” Addler at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility, and Charles Cole at the Pendleton Correctional Facility, to ship large quantities of methamphetamine to Indiana communities from California.

Charging information alleges that Perez, Addler and Cole used smuggled cellphones to arrange shipments around the state via U.S. Mail or couriers. With the help of a corrections officer, Perez and Addler would, at times, smuggle drugs, cellphones and other contraband to inmates, according to the release.

The indictment details transactions in Indianapolis, Noblesville, Crawfordsville, Lafayette, New Castle and Elkhart and includes heroin, PCP and LSD, in addition to meth.

“This prosecution involves allegations that, for more than a year, inmates orchestrated an illicit business from their prison cells that flooded the state with dangerous drugs,” Hogsett said in the news release. “These convictions and sentencing decisions are testament to our dedication to shutting off these drug pipelines and protecting Indiana neighborhoods.”
 

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  1. I just wanted to point out that Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, Senator Feinstein, former Senate majority leader Bill Frist, and former attorney general John Ashcroft are responsible for this rubbish. We need to keep a eye on these corrupt, arrogant, and incompetent fools.

  2. Well I guess our politicians have decided to give these idiot federal prosecutors unlimited power. Now if I guy bounces a fifty-dollar check, the U.S. attorney can intentionally wait for twenty-five years or so and have the check swabbed for DNA and file charges. These power hungry federal prosecutors now have unlimited power to mess with people. we can thank Wisconsin's Jim Sensenbrenner and Diane Feinstein, John Achcroft and Bill Frist for this one. Way to go, idiots.

  3. I wonder if the USSR had electronic voting machines that changed the ballot after it was cast? Oh well, at least we have a free media serving as vicious watchdog and exposing all of the rot in the system! (Insert rimshot)

  4. Jose, you are assuming those in power do not wish to be totalitarian. My experience has convinced me otherwise. Constitutionalists are nearly as rare as hens teeth among the powerbrokers "managing" us for The Glorious State. Oh, and your point is dead on, el correcta mundo. Keep the Founders’ (1791 & 1851) vision alive, my friend, even if most all others, and especially the ruling junta, chase only power and money (i.e. mammon)

  5. Hypocrisy in high places, absolute immunity handed out like Halloween treats (it is the stuff of which tyranny is made) and the belief that government agents are above the constitutions and cannot be held responsible for mere citizen is killing, perhaps has killed, The Republic. And yet those same power drunk statists just reel on down the hallway toward bureaucratic fascism.

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