Authorities find fugitive drug dealer following mistaken release


Levi Garrett

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Update: Garrett surrendered to police.

MARION COUNTY, Ind. (March 16, 2016) -- The Marion County Sheriff’s Office and several other law enforcement agencies are searching for a fugitive drug dealer, released from the Indiana Department of Correction by mistake Monday.

Levi Garrett, 32, had been sentenced to serve 12 years at the IDOC. He had been found guilty of dealing methamphetamine of 10 or more grams and carrying a handgun with a prior felony conviction. Circumstances surrounding his release are under investigation, the sheriff's office said.

For almost two years FOX59 News has reported on illicit releases of inmates from the jail or offenders ordered released by the court but held for days and weeks longer by deputies.

In January, lawsuits were filed by the estates of inmates who killed themselves in jail custody.

The litigation prompted Sheriff John Layton to call for a special committee of outside experts to examine his jail operations.

Layton has been struggling with staff turnover and a reorganization of his jail commanders.

Garrett is a resident of the far south side of Indianapolis. We're told he also has several contacts in the Morgan County area.

If you have any information on where Garrett is, contact the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Division at 317-327-1411.

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