INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- A new Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department narcotics unit is proving success in it's first year. In just the last two and a half months, officers have taken 200 weapons and half a million dollars in drug money off the streets, netting in more than 1,000 arrests.
"We’re not backing off. This is our new normal," said IMPD Chief Troy Riggs.
In the last few days, IMPD narcotics teams have busted multiple suspects on drug and gun charges.
On Tuesday, Northwest District Narcotics/Vice Detectives along with SWAT served a search warrant on Ingomar Street. Detectives arrested Omar Gonzalez, 45. Inside the home, police found $1,824, two vehicles, and 340 grams of heroin.
On Wednesday, Southwest District Narcotics and Vice detectives, with the help of IMPD SWAT busted Jeremiah Young, 43, at a home on Port Lillian Drive. Police say inside the home they found 15 grams of heroin, 15 grams of marijuana, ten Xanax pills, and eight guns.
On the same day, the Northwest District Narcotics and Vice detectives busted three men inside a barber shop on Kevin Way. Investigators determined drugs were being sold out of "Word of Mouf" barber shop. Dorian Benefield, 31, Najee Jackson 25, and Jonte Ford, 34, were arrested. Inside the shop, detectives found $3,278, 667 grams of marijuana, and two vehicles to be held for forfeiture.
"When you have that quantity of drug, whether it’s marijuana, heroin, whatever it is, and money, and weapons, it becomes violent," Riggs said.
Riggs is talking about another case, where a man was arrested by the North District Narcotics and Flex Teams on Thursday. Kevin Murphy, 57, aka "Dirty Murph" was arrested inside a home on Hillside Avenue. Detectives found five grams of suspected crack cocaine, half a gram of suspected heroin, five grams of suspected marijuana, and a .380 caliber Talon handgun. Officers noted the suspect has a prior conviction of Dealing in a Narcotic. Murphy was arrested for being a serious violent felon in possession of a handgun.
"No wonder we've seen spikes in homicides, spikes in shootings. We think because of this we are seeing a little bit of a spike now because there’s less money on the street, less dope on the street and because of this some of these individuals are getting desperate," said Riggs.
Riggs added many of these investigations begin with tips from members of the community. You can leave tips anonymously by calling (317) 262-TIPS.