IMPD arrests two men as part of ‘criminal enterprise’ dealing methamphetamine
UPDATE (January 24, 2018) — Michael Blakey was found not guilty on two counts of dealing in methamphetamine. A third count was dismissed in September.
Thomas Rexroat pleaded guilty to one count of dealing in methamphetamine in October 2017. Two additional counts were dismissed as part of a plea deal. He was sentenced to 24 years in the Department of Correction.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Task force members, led by Indianapolis Metropolitan Police, arrested two men for dealing methamphetamine as part of a “criminal enterprise.”
Detectives served a search warrant at a Quality Inn on the south side Tuesday, arresting Thomas Rexroat, 33, and Michael Blakey, 36.
The arrests came after a 10-month investigation conducted by the Indianapolis FBI Safe Streets Gang Task Force and Central Indiana Regional Gang Task Force, including the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.
Inside the hotel room, detectives found 10 pounds of methamphetamine, seven handguns, one shotgun, and $23,682 in cash. They also recovered four vehicles and one stolen vehicle.
“Ten pounds of methamphetamine is a huge amount,” IMPD Ofc. Jim Gillespie said. “We do not want to see that on the streets of Indianapolis.”
Both men have criminal histories. Court records indicate that Rexroat was released from jail in March after posting bond in another meth-related case.
FOX59 spoke to Scott Watson, with Heartland Intervention, who said that it is unusual to see meth within Indianapolis.
“It’s a drug that typically we don’t’ see in the inner city,” Watson said.
He said that with so much attention on heroin, some Hoosiers might not realize that meth is still a big problem, and a large bust is reassuring.
“It’s good from an addiction recovery standpoint, but it’s also good because when large quantities of drugs are taken off our streets. The crime level tends to go down, certainly if this happens over a large enough time,” Watson said.
Gillespie said the investigation is still ongoing, and that more information will be released when the pair are formally charged. As of Thursday, the Prosecutor’s Office was still deciding on charges.