By IVY HERRON
Here are some interesting facts from the Thursday drug sweep by 10 teams of law enforcement personnel from the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Clay City Police Department, Center Point Town Marshal, Brazil City Police Department, Parke County Sheriff's Department, ISP Putnamville Division, ISP Terre Haute Division and ISP Emergency Response Team joined forces with federal authorities from the U.S. Marshal's Office, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and members of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
- Average age of suspects arrested was 32. The suspects ages ranged from 20, the youngest, to 44 being the oldest.
Sheriff Mike Heaton said that there is no rhyme or reason when it comes to people's involvement with drugs. "It spans the spectrum of community and doesn't care how old you are," he said.
- Women outnumbered men arrested during the drug sweep.
Heaton said that many women become involved in dealing drugs because of their financial habits in their relationships. "The male is probably doing it too, but because a lot of women handle the financial part of the relationship, they just step right into the role," he said.
- Of the 15 warrants issued for some type of dealing charge, there were only four men arrested compared to the 10 women arrested, with one woman charged with two counts of dealing. Nine of the women were arrested for dealing methamphetamine.
"The number of women in the jail population has increased dramatically over the past few years," Heaton said.
- Eighteen of the suspects arrested were from Brazil with one from Clay City and the other two were from outside Clay County.
With Clay County's main population concentrated inside the Brazil city limits, Sheriff Heaton said citizens need to realize that it is not just not a problem for Brazil.
"The investigation started with tips from sources here in Brazil and just grew from there," Heaton said. "This is not a Brazil problem, it's everywhere in the county. We're working on and investigating drug cases from all over the county. This isn't done yet."