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Justice Center busy following drug bust

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

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Officials with the Clay County Sheriff's Department escort Sammy J. Stedman, 35, to the Clay County Justice Center during Tuesday morning raid. Ivy Jackson Photo.
The Clay County Justice Center was a buzz throughout Wednesday as the suspects taken into custody during Tuesday's drug sweep in Clay County were processed.

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.


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anytime you make drug busts its a good thing

but this looks more like a election year situation

there are always more drug arrests during a election year, you could make these types of arrests all day long in any small city,when they start sweeping these people out of society every year then I will be impressed,and where are the big fish these people are only the small minnows out of the fishing bucket

-- Posted by dovelw on Thu, Aug 7, 2008, at 7:22 AM

Nice going Brazil, weather it is an election year or not, I am all for getting these drug's and dealers off the street, Brazil use to be such a nice and clean little town, over the past 15 years or so I have seen such a decline in the town, it has been run over by the drug problem. Keep up the good work and get these thugs off the street it is time we stand up and take our town back and make it a town people would be proud to stay in and visit, instead of hearing it is the Drug capital of Indiana, I have heard that countless times all over the state, and that is such a sad thing to hear!!!Keep up the good work Brazil!!!!! Thank you!!!!!

-- Posted by maryruth51 on Thu, Aug 7, 2008, at 7:58 AM

Maybe you should check the office roster up for election this year ~ this has nothing to do with an election year ~ these investigations take months & years to reach arrests ~ think about being greatful for the 'minnows' off the streets ~ it's the minnows that reach our community's children ~ & maybe the minnows will learn to swim & not protect those fish higher on the food chain!

Instead of being negative about WHAT IS BEING DONE ~ try being positive about the many policing agencies making YOUR community BETTER !

-- Posted by karebabe on Thu, Aug 7, 2008, at 8:52 AM

dovelw-

If you take time to check and see who is up for re-election, you will find that there is not one Judge, Prosecutor, Sheriff, or Mayor running this year--the next election for those offices is at least two years away. If you have been reading the paper, then you know that there have been numerous "big fish" arrested the last few years. The Clay County Sheriff's Department assisted in an investigation with the DEA and other agencies that led to the arrest and conviction of at least 33 large scale drug dealers in the latter part of 2006 and into 2007. Before that they were involved in Federal Drug investigations in late 2004 through 2005 that were started right here in Clay County where about a dozen large scale dealers were arrested, many of those arrested lived in or were directly connected with Clay County. Those who were arrested were bringing multiple pounds of high quality methamphetamine into Clay County from the Mexican Drug Cartels.

Go to the Federal Bureau of Prisons Inmate Locator on the internet and look up names like Stephen Hood, Shaun Clark, Jerry Lehman, Joel Childress, Aaron Burk,…just to name a few and see the sentences that the Federal Government gave these local people who were involved in large scale drug crimes right here in Clay County.

Everybody would like to catch all "big fish" every time they go fishing, but that is not always possible. These so called "minnows" are the ones who cause a great deal of trouble in the neighborhoods. Many of these low level people are the ones who introduce the younger people into drugs for the first time. They also problems in the neighborhoods with all of the around the clock traffic and the other crimes such as burglary, theft, child abuse, domestic abuse, etc. that are caused by their drug dealing and dependence.

If all of the minnows are taken out of the pond, then there will be nothing for the big fish to feed on.

-- Posted by Unsolicited opinion on Thu, Aug 7, 2008, at 10:56 AM

anytime you make drug busts its a good thing

but this looks more like a election year situation

there are always more drug arrests during a election year, you could make these types of arrests all day long in any small city,when they start sweeping these people out of society every year then I will be impressed,and where are the big fish these people are only the small minnows out of the fishing bucket

-- Posted by dovelw on Thu, Aug 7, 2008, at 7:22 AM

(Rolls eyes)

-- Posted by Pro Se on Thu, Aug 7, 2008, at 1:24 PM

It doesnt have to be a local election year,this happens every election whether its the local city,county,or in this case for president, and I agree that some big fish are serving big time,but not nearly enough and none of these people are smart enough to operate without getting caught without some help from each other,you can remove the element all you want but nothing is going to change until you remove the need for these drugs because other people just step up and fill their shoes,and take a good look at these people and the charges most will get probally probation and little jail time,as soon as they are back on the street they will continue business as usual,only this time more careful

-- Posted by dovelw on Thu, Aug 7, 2008, at 7:20 PM

dovelw-

I may be wrong but isn't every year, with the exception of every other odd year, an election year? We had Local (county) State and National elections in 2006, municipal elections in 2007(mayor elected), Local, State, and National this year, and nothing in 2009? Are you suggesting that any drug arrest is political unless it happens during the odd year when there is no election?

As far as the charges go, yes please do look at them!!! There are many serious charges here----Dealing methamphetamine (depending on the amount) is either a class A or B felony, the same level felony that murder suspects are charged with. If you don't think that law enforcement is doing good in this community then I ask you to compare the number of murders committed in Clay County compared with some of our surrounding counties. I think you will find we have lower rates and you will also probably find that many murders committed in the other areas are in one way or another connected to drugs.

Also, go back and review news articles from the Brazil Times for the last four years or so. I think you will be amazed by the sheer number of drug arrests that have been made in that time. Then go check some of the newspapers from other counties our size, I don't think you will find anybody doing more than is being done in Clay County.

-- Posted by Unsolicited opinion on Thu, Aug 7, 2008, at 11:00 PM

The cops can make all the bust they want its the Judges that need to come thru with some stiff sentcing not a slap on the hand. There;s all kinda people the cops pick up but after that its out of there hands!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Posted by kd323 on Mon, Aug 11, 2008, at 7:12 PM

I don't even live in the state of Indiana and dovelw's comments bother me. I read the paper all the time and I would be so proud of the police there, whether it's election year or not. I can't believe that people are so unappreciative. Congrats, Brazil, on a job well done.

-- Posted by LindaGleason on Sat, Aug 16, 2008, at 10:50 AM


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