Jail officials confirmed that most of the 30 new inmates had their personnel information updated and were being individually processed through the court system by appearing before Clay Superior Court Judge Blaine Akers or Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout in person or by video conferencing for formal arraignment.
Those not processed Wednesday are expected to appear in court today.
Around 4:30 a.m., Tuesday, more than 60 officers from the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Brazil City Police Department, Clay City Police Department, Clay Community Corrections, Clay County Probation Department, Indiana State Police (Terre Haute and Bloomington posts), Putnam County Sheriff's Department, Parke County Sheriff's Department, the Department of Natural Resources, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the U.S. Marshals Office performed a warrant sweep of at least 25 residences in Clay, Parke, Owen, Hendricks and Monroe counties.
According to officials, this drug sweep, and the one in 2006, was made possible due to an ongoing joint investigation by members of the Clay County Drug Task Force (including members from the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Brazil City Police Department, Clay City Police Department) that stems back to early 2005.
Officials said many local residents have reported suspected drug activity in their neighborhoods throughout Clay County to law enforcement officials. They are hopeful more local residents will come forward with more tips about drug activity.
"This isn't over, the drug investigations will continue," Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton told The Brazil Times. "Our residents don't want drugs in their community and their tips helped this investigation. Their future tips will help us build more cases against other suspects."
To report information about this case, a suspect that remains at large or any other case, contact the Brazil City Police Department at 446-2211 or the Clay County Sheriff's Department at 446-2216.