24 people arrested, 12 search warrants served during large Indianapolis sweep

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Police made 24 arrests during a series of raids Thursday around the city as part of a sweep targeting known violent offenders.

IMPD said this was the second phase of “Operation First Step,” which started June 18 with a focus on drug houses. Police used information from community narcotics complaints to select their targets, and narcotics units served search warrants targeting known drug offenders.

According to IMPD, Thursday’s sweep was designed to reduce violent crime by addressing contributing factors, addressing quality of life issues in the affected communities and providing services to those who need them most.

Police served 12 warrants during the operation and arrested 24 people on charges ranging from dealing in cocaine to dealing in methamphetamine to other offenses like serious violent felon in possession of a firearm and maintaining a common nuisance.

IMPD seized nine guns and $9,720 in cash along with various quantities of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana and prescription drugs. They also found drug paraphernalia and drug-making equipment.

4 Fast Facts

  • IMPD serves 12 warrants during Operation First Step
  • Police arrest 24 people during the sweep
  • Offenses include drug and firearm violations
  • Police seize firearms, drugs and money during sweep

Here’s a look at search warrants and arrests:

2700 Columbia Avenue

  • Arrested: Troy Gibson, 35, dealing in narcotics, possession of cocaine, serious violent in possession of a firearm and maintaining a common nuisance
  • 10.5 grams of cocaine seized
  • Three handguns seized, including one reported stolen in Indianapolis in 1969
  • $391 seized

2000 N. Parker Avenue

  • Drug paraphernalia and drug-making equipment seized
  • No arrests from location

600 N. Temple Avenue

  • Arrested: Michael Sherrill, 44, possession of cocaine, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia
  • Arrested: Paula Hamilton, 46, visiting a common nuisance, warrant for failure to return to lawful detention
  • Cocaine and prescription drugs seized

3100 West 10th Street

  • Arrested: Marcus Byers, 24, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, dealing in a narcotic drug, possession of a narcotic drug and possession of a synthetic drug
  • Arrested: NaQuanda Jones, 25, possession of marijuana
  • Heroin and marijuana seized; one handgun recovered

1500 West 23rd Street

  • Arrested: Derrick Kay, 36, serious violent felon in possession of a firearm, dealing in a controlled substance, dealing in marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance
  • Arrested: Kimberly Kay, 34, maintaining a common nuisance
  • Marijuana, formaldehyde, cocaine and prescription drugs seized; detectives recovered a handgun and a shotgun
  • $2,300 seized

3400 Boulevard Place

  • Arrested: Yvonne Waites, 66, possession of cocaine and possession of paraphernalia
  • Cocaine and paraphernalia seized

3400 N. Pennsylvania Street

  • Arrested: Antonio Eubanks, 27, dealing in cocaine, dealing in marijuana, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance
  • Cocaine, marijuana and drug packaging material seized
  • $3,200 seized

3400 North Pennsylvania Street

  • Ongoing investigation into gang activity
  • Twenty pounds of marijuana seized
  • Stolen handgun from Decatur, Ill., recovered
  • No arrests made at location

3000 Stuart Street

  • Arrested: Tommie Hatchett, 36, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of marijuana during a home visit with Community Corrections
  • Arrested: Laquita Stewart, 27, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of marijuana during a home visit with Community Corrections
  • Marijuana seized

1800 Cornell Avenue

  • Arrested: Michael Riddle, 60, maintaining a common nuisance and a warrant for theft
  • Arrested: Anthony Overton, 51, visiting a common nuisance and a warrant for theft
  • Arrested: Alfie Vaden, 44, visiting a common nuisance
  • Arrested: Chandre Rhodes, 46, visiting a common nuisance
  • Arrested: Cora Freeling, 59, visiting a common nuisance

600 E. Thompson Road

  • Arrested: Joshua Dillon, 28, serious violent felon in a possession of a firearm, dealing in methamphetamine, dealing in a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance and theft
  • Prescription drugs and three grams of methamphetamine seized
  • $440 seized

1st block of North Hamilton Avenue

  • Arrested: Sunny Gilbert, 40, dealing in a narcotic drug, possession of a narcotic drug, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia
  • Arrested: Randy Miller, 30, possession of paraphernalia and invasion of privacy
  • Arrested: Jeffrey Arnold, 49, felony warrant for driving while intoxicated
  • One gram of heroin and 14 grams of marijuana seized
  • $2,930 seized

Additional arrests:

  • Reggonti McIntyre, 22, two counts of invasion of privacy; handgun seized
  • Donald Baker, 53, possession of marijuana
  • Courtney Eads, 28, possession of a narcotic drug
  • Dustin Larussa, 22, dealing and possession of methamphetamine; police recovered an ounce of methamphetamine and said Larussa was in a stolen car

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