Members of the United States Marshals Office Fugitive Task Force confirmed Monday to Clay County officials that Dusty E. Rhodes, 35, Terre Haute, and another unidentified suspect are in custody.
The two remaining suspects from the drug sweep, one of which is allegedly in custody while the other remains at-large, are Keith E. Fields and Nicole J. Bond-Lange.
Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton told The Brazil Times that Rhodes was incarcerated at a jail facility at the Lee County Sheriff's Department (LCSD), Fla., and the second suspect has been located. However, no details are available at this time from the task force as to whether the incarcerated suspect is Fields or Bond-Lange.
According to documentation provided by the LCSD, Rhodes was booked into the facility shortly at 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 5.
"Rhodes is in custody but we don't know if he will be waiving the extradition papers and come straight back here or if he will fight the extradition and we will have to go get him," Clay County Prosecutor Lee Reberger said. "If he refuses extradition, the prosecutor's office will begin the process to file for a Governor's Warrant."
Reberger explained this type of warrant allows for the Clay County Prosecutor's Office to petition another state's Governor's office to issue an order that will allow a suspect to be arrested and transported back to Indiana for formal prosecution.
Rhodes' arrest warrant was issued for one class B felony charge of dealing methamphetamine, which, if convicted, has a maximum punishment of up to 20 years in jail and a $10,000 fine.
"Our office should be notified within 48-72 hours of Rhodes intentions," Reberger said.
Details about the second elusive suspect in custody are not available at this time, but both Heaton and Reberger expect more information by the task force within the next few days.
Around 4:30 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 5, 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.
Initially officers were looking for 40 suspects, 39 of which are in custody at this time.
"The United States Marshals Office Fugitive Task Force is closing in on them," Heaton said. "We expect to hear more good news within a few days."