Muncie mother allegedly sold heroin while young children were in home
MUNCIE, Ind. – Authorities have arrested a Muncie woman after she allegedly dealt heroin with her three children in the home.
On Saturday, a SWAT team executed a search warrant in the 3900 block of N. Franklin St., later determined to be the residence of Jonee Shepard, due to information learned during a drug investigation.
“We’d been conducting an investigation on a crew that was here from Detroit. Three or four of them and we made some buys off of them here in the recent past decided to hit the house that they were staying in,” Muncie Police Sgt. Scott O’Dell said.
During the search, officers located three individuals from Detroit inside the home and over 300 grams of heroin. Investigators said that’s the largest amount of heroin found during a single search warrant served for Delaware County. A stolen handgun was also recovered.
“We found about a pound of heroin inside the residence. All three subjects were there. Allante Gadie was basically our main target he goes by the street name of ‘Youngin’ which was a good score for us. He was one of the original Detroit crews that came down here about 5 years ago and started selling heroin here in Muncie,” Sgt. O’Dell said.
Police arrested Gadie, Willie Kidd and Andre Hollis on drug and weapon charges.
Officers said Shepard was not home at the time of the search, but was who leased the residence.
“She allowed them to stay in her home, conduct their business, so you know she’s just as responsible for all the heroin that was found in the house and the stolen gun,” Sgt. O’Dell said.
Court documents state “…there is video of Shepard inside the residence while all the Heroin is sitting on the table and drug deals are taking place in her presence and with her children in the house. Shepard has 3 children all under the age of 6 years old.”
On Tuesday, Shepard was arrested after being located by authorities in downtown Muncie.
She is being charges with dealing in heroin, possession of a stolen firearm, three counts of neglect of a dependent and maintaining a common nuisance.
The news came as a shock for neighbors on the quiet street.
“It definitely terrifies me because I have a child and that’s something that you wouldn’t think would happen in this neighborhood so it was definitely scary,” Cierra Enochs said.
“It was even more shocking that that was so close to where we live with all our kids in the neighborhood,” Crystal Jackson said.
Investigators said they are still looking for one more person. They ask residents to call them if they know of any drugs being sold.