UPDATE (Sept. 16, 2015)– Johnson County authorities say 13 additional drug dealing suspects have been arrested following a massive sweep Tuesday.
JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. (September 15, 2015) – Authorities in Johnson County identified 50 suspected drug dealers Tuesday and conducted the biggest sweep the county has seen since 2009.
More than 200 personnel, including members of The Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office, The Johnson County Sheriff’s Department, The Franklin Police Department, The Indiana State Police, The US Marshall’s Service and several other local police departments, served dozens of felony arrest warrants across the area beginning Tuesday morning.
Police swarmed locations in Johnson and Marion counties in search of over 50 suspected drug dealers.
“We hope that this bust of drug dealers will send a strong message to drug dealers that you don’t come into Johnson County to deal drugs without consequences,” said Johnson County Prosecutor Bradley Cooper.
The felony charges stem from a yearlong joint investigation by the Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and the Franklin Police Department.
About 250 officers from the various agencies fanned out in teams of five to knock on 50 doors Tuesday morning. By lunchtime, 30 of the 50 suspects had been arrested.
“We have other officers out in the field still looking for more,” Cooper said. “But at this time, we have 60 percent of the drug dealers that we sought today off the streets.”
Cooper told reporters the warrant sweep was the largest of its kind in Johnson County since 2009.
“We don’t hand out needles, we hand out arrest warrants for drug dealers,” Cooper said.
Of the 20 suspects not arrested, two were already incarcerated, one was dead and the other was out of the state.
Among the 16 suspects still being sought by police was Regina Bladkadar. Bladkadar’s parents, Diane and Harry Gill said police came banging on their door just after 6 a.m. Tuesday, looking for Bladkadar.
“About five of them, actually,” Harry Gill said. “Knocked on the door and they had a couple out here in my yard with police dogs.”
The Gills told police they didn’t know where Bladkadarwas, and that she hadn’t lived with them for about four years.
When asked what they would say to Regina the next time they speak to her, Diane Gill said “I’m going to tell her to turn her (expletive) in. That’s the best thing to do. Turn yourself in and get it over with.”
Cooper said officers were still on the search for the remaining suspects who were not arrested Tuesday morning.