INDIANAPOLIS (July 22, 2015) — Federal, state and local authorities conducted a sweep Wednesday around Indianapolis while they searched for suspects wanted on a variety of charges in a wide-ranging operation targeting crimes and Indianapolis gangs.
Investigators went to several different areas across the city, with the sweep going to neighborhoods on the east, west and south sides of Indianapolis. The operation included 525 law enforcement officers and 19 SWAT teams. Multiple agencies were involved including the FBI, Indiana State Police and Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
Thirty-five people were arrested on federal and state charges; 20 of those arrests involved a single gang that operated on the east side – the Block Burner gang. The gang had approximately 90 members, and they operated in the area of East 42nd Street and North Post Road. The Block Burners, investigators said, distributed a wide variety of narcotics and prescription pain pills in the area and carried illegal firearms.
The following people were arrested for federal conspiracy to distribute cocaine or heroin:
- David Williams, 36
- Fred Davidson, 32
- Damon Smith, 19, aka Dumm
- Dustin Murry, 28, aka D-Rock
- Scott Foor, 34, aka White Boy
- Mark Nelson, 29
- Donte York, 23
- Darrell Stennis, 26
- Aaron Garrett, 22, aka Nanny
- Anthony Burgess, 22
- Brandon Jordan, 27, aka B
- William Davenport, 25
Murry, Garrett, and Jordan also face federal charges of possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking activity.
Kevin D. Kyner, 32, aka Kevin Leslie, also faces federal narcotic and weapons charges.
The following people were arrested for state narcotic and firearms charges:
- Tremaine Tatum, 22
- William Patterson, 39
- Kevin Johnson, 27
- Dominque Burton, 27
- Khadijah Walker, 34
- Craig Cooper, 18
- Marcus Baxter, 26
- Tommie Jackson, 35
Police are still looking for four fugitives.
- William Brown, aka Jeezy, is the Block Burner gang leader. He’s wanted on a federal charge of Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances.
- William Dodd is wanted on two federal charges: Serious Violent Felony and Conspiracy to Distribute Narcotics.
- Moniqque Smith is wanted on two state charges of Conspiracy to Dealing Cocaine and Maintaining a Nuisance.
- Tyree Gilbert is wanted on two state charges: Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by Serious Violent Felon and Criminal Recklessness with a Firearm.
These individuals should be considered armed and dangerous. Citizen’s should not approach these individuals, and we request viewers to call 911 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 262-TIPS if they know these individuals’ whereabouts.
Law enforcement agencies seized 21 guns, $53,000 in cash, heroin, cocaine, and pills as part of the investigation. No one was injured in the sweep.
Residents who live near areas that were raided reported seeing helicopters and SWAT teams. In some of the locations, investigators towed away cars and escorted people away in handcuffs.
CBS4 crews were at multiple scenes throughout the morning as the sweep was conducted. Officers from the FBI, Sheriff’s Department and Indiana State Police spent hours at a home on the east side serving a search warrant. The 9900 block of Montery Road, just off Mitthoeffer, was blocked off as agents examined evidence.
One man, who lives near the scene, said he encountered two different raids before getting to work Wednesday morning.
“So I look outside and I see an army of SWAT across the street,” said Ivan Veal. “But then, they kind of cleaned it up a little bit, I decided to go ahead and come to work. I come to work and you see all the cops over here. It’s crazy but at the same time it’s a good thing trying to crack down some of the crime here in Indianapolis because it’s gotten ridiculous.”
Sources said this is one of the largest such operations in city history. Federal and local officials will discuss the sweep at 2 p.m. We'll carry it live on CBS4Indy.com.
During a press conference after the sweep, investigators said the Block Burner's brazen use of social media and posting illegal activity on social media shows that they thought there were no consequences to their criminal activity.
"The violence and criminal activity conducted by gangs like the one we busted today will not be tolerated. Just because you’re not here today in custody, doesn’t mean we don’t know who you are," said IMPD Chief Rick Hite.
Hite also said that Indianapolis citizens can be assured that their streets and neighborhoods are are "absolutely safer" today than they were yesterday.
Indiana Governor Mike Pence released this statement following the sweep:
“I want to commend the hundreds of law enforcement officers involved in what has been described as one of the largest crime sweeps in Indianapolis history. More than one hundred troopers from the Indiana State Police, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, as well as dozens of other police officers from more than twenty other police agencies, teamed with federal agents as part of the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force, a coordinated effort to detain those involved in gang activity, drug and violent crimes.
This multi-agency effort targeted some of the most dangerous criminals and is a testament to the courage and bravery of our officers. Hoosiers may rest assured that our neighborhoods will be safer places now that dozens of suspected criminals are off the streets.”
Indiana State Police Supt. Doug Carter said, “To successfully conclude an investigation of this magnitude takes an incredible amount of manpower and coordination to ensure the safety of the community at large as well as the police officers executing the warrants.”