UPDATE (July 11, 2017) - William Murray pleaded guilty to dealing in methamphetamine and possession of marijuana. He was sentenced to 4 years in the Department of Correction, with 1 year suspended to home detention and 3 years suspended for the methamphetamine charges. He was sentenced to 1 year on the marijuana charges, but that sentence was suspended.
DELAWARE COUNTY, Ind. – Police arrested two men for allegedly selling drugs in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart in Muncie.
On Wednesday, 29-year-old William Murray and 36-year-old Antony Kanazeh seemingly thought they were meeting drug users but it ended up being undercover agents.
Kanazeh and Murray are just two of the six suspects Delaware County detectives arrested Wednesday on drug-related charges.
“If you’re looking for drugs in Delaware County, we’re purchasing everything. If you’re going to sell drugs in Delaware County, we’re going to purchase it from you. We’re going to arrest you,” said an undercover informant with the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department.
Investigators tell CBS4 they previously caught Kanazeh selling drugs to an undercover officer at a gas station. During that arranged drug buy, Kanazeh supposedly brought his 8 and 10-year-old children with him.
“It’s a cycle, the war on drugs. Everyone asks, ‘How are you going to beat them?’ You aren’t going to beat them but we are just going to keep tackling them,” explains an undercover informant with the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department.
With the price of heroin increasing, detectives are seeing an influx of crystal meth. Kanazeh allegedly was selling both.
“It’s here and everybody’s talking about it and we want to stop it. We are trying to find the source. We believe the source is from Indianapolis but we are trying to find the source here,” explains an undercover informant with the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department.
This isn’t the first time the Muncie Wal-Mart on East 29th has had drug activity. Last March, a meth lab was discovered in the store’s bathroom.
“It’s apparently the place to go buy and sell drugs, maybe utilize bathrooms to get high,” said an undercover informant with the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department.
When questioned, Kanazeh didn’t admit to selling drugs. According to court documents, when investigators showed him pictures of the drug deal where his kids were present, his “head sank between his shoulders.”
DCS was notified. Both Kanazeh and Murray several drug related charges. So far this year, Delaware County has opened nearly 200 drug cases.