Law officers meet outside the Clay County Justice Center Thursday morning.
Authorities aren't saying exactly how many, but The Brazil Times has learned 22 or more search and arrest warrants have been issued in a three-county drug bust that began around 6 a.m. today. More warrants were being issued after 8 a.m.
Officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, U.S. Marshals and Indiana State Police planned to make arrests on various drug-related charges today in Clay, Parke and Putnam counties.
As of 8 a.m., the raid had been 60 percent successful, officials said.
Clay County Prosecutor Lee Reberger was helping process the accused at the Clay County Justice Center jail.
The warrant sweep was made possible because of a local investigation by the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Clay City Police Department and the Indiana State Police over the past several months, according to Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton.
"This investigation has concluded with the serving of numerous arrest warrants this morning for drug related charges," he told The Brazil Times before the raids began. "Many of the warrants being served list multiple charges against suspects."
The Clay County Prosecutor's Office issued warrants on charges ranging from dealing Marijuana, prescription drugs and Methamphetamine to visiting and/or maintaining a common nuisance.
Members of the task force assembled for the sweep included the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Clay City Police Department, Center Point Marshall, Brazil City Police Department, Parke County Sheriff's Department, ISP Putnamville Division, ISP Terre HauteDivision, ISP Emergency Response Team and the U.S. Marshal's Office.
Suspects netted during the warrant sweep will be taken into custody and brought to the Clay County Justice Center to await arraignment.
Sheriff Heaton would not comment on how many suspects would be arrested during the raids due to the uncertain nature of an operation of this magnitude, but he remained confident the raids would be successful in removing a large portion of the drug problem from the streets.
A press conference was scheduled later in the day.