8 indicted in alleged Indianapolis-Muncie drug trafficking ring

Federal and local law enforcement agencies on Tuesday announced multiple indictments in an alleged drug trafficking ring dealing in fentanyl, heroin, meth and cocaine after executing numerous search and arrest warrants a day earlier.

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana Josh Minkler said federal agents and Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers executed 16 warrants in Indianapolis on Monday, leading to the confiscation of drugs, guns and cash connected to the narcotics trade. A press release from Minkler’s office said officers seized 31 illegally possessed firearms, 4½ pounds of methamphetamine, a half-kilogram of cocaine, 1 kilogram of fentanyl and about $272,000.

Those charged are Indianapolis residents Christopher “Horse” Shelton, 41; Scot Nelson, 37; Marguerite Collins, 45; Jarrad Cooney, 32; Jason Corey, 47; Antonio Turner, also known as “Trapper” or “Tone,” 32; and Stephen Cole, 43. Also charged was Joshua Douglas, 38, of Muncie.

Authorities began investigating in late 2019 and discovered that the charged suspects met in Muncie and transported meth back to an auto repair shop in Indianapolis that served as a distribution point.

The case was investigated by the FBI, IRS Criminal Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration Indianapolis District Office, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and IMPD. “Through strategic partnership with our federal law enforcement partners, IMPD remains committed to addressing the violence in our community too often associated with the trade of illicit drugs,” IMPD Chief Randal Taylor said in a statement.

“During these challenging times, the last things we need in our neighborhoods are more crime guns, more fentanyl, more methamphetamine, more cocaine, more heroin, and more drug money,” Minkler said in a news release. “I commend the hard work of the FBI, the IRS and the IMPD who combined their limited law enforcement resources in order to remove a criminal organization that sought to financially profit by infesting our city’s streets with more guns, more drugs and more blood money. The deliberate actions of our local and federal law enforcement partners have immediately made Indianapolis a safer place to live, work and raise a family.”

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