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Joint investigation leads to arrest of area men

Sunday, January 11, 2009

A lengthy joint investigation between three law enforcement agencies led to the arrests of two men when officers served two search warrants and allegedly discovered various drugs, paraphernalia, firearms and other property at their homes Thursday.

Officers of the Clay County and Parke County sheriff's departments, along with the Indiana State Police, divided into two teams to serve separate search warrants issued from a court in Parke County at two homes, one at Joseph Sanders' rural Brazil residence and the other at James "Tad" Forrest's rural Carbon home in Parke County.

On Friday, officials at the CCSD confirmed to The Brazil Times the investigation that led to obtaining the search warrants connected the two cases, but did not disclose how due to the ongoing investigation.

Officials also said it took several hours to categorize the evidence collected by officers.

According to a joint press release issued by the two sheriff's departments, officers seized several firearms, an undisclosed amount of methamphetamine and marijuana and several other larger items, including an ATV and a motorcycle at Sanders' residence, 2718 West County Road 1100 North.

While at Forrest's residence, 5320 S. Martin Road, located near the Mansfield area, officers seized firearms, some of which were reported stolen, a Kubota RTV900 utility vehicle, an ATV and several power tools.

According to booking information at the Clay County Justice Center, Sanders, 48, was arrested on preliminary charges of dealing marijuana/hash oil/hashish, possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance.

The press release states that Sanders is also being held for an additional charge of C felony possession of methamphetamine with a firearm. If convicted of the C felony, the highest charge filed against Sanders at this time, the advisory sentence issued by the state for a guilty conviction/plea agreement ranges from 2-8 years in prison and up to $10,000 in potential fines.

Awaiting formal arraignment per the court calendar, Sanders is being held in jail on a cash bond of $10,000.

Forrest, 33, was arrested on preliminary charges of possession of firearms by a serious violent felon (a class B felony) and receiving stolen property. If convicted of the B felony, the highest charge filed against Forrest at this time, the advisory sentence issued by the state for a guilty conviction/plea agreement ranges from 6-20 years in prison and up to $10,000 in potential fines.

Forrest is currently being held at the Parke County Jail on a $50,000 cash bond awaiting further proceedings per the court calendar.

Officials confirmed to The Brazil Times this case remains an active investigation and they expect more arrests to result from the ongoing investigation.

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You cannot beat getting drugs and guns off the streets all in the same sweep!

-- Posted by Pro Se on Mon, Jan 12, 2009, at 7:47 AM

I hope that they give them the max on all charges. I know families that are living in fear of these two men daily.

-- Posted by beautiful978 on Mon, Jan 12, 2009, at 8:23 AM

and to think sanders was working at our hospital.good job guys get some more of them.the people in brazil are fed up with all the drugs here.keep fishing for the big fish

-- Posted by brazilbilly2 on Mon, Jan 12, 2009, at 9:33 AM

You people are ignorant. Just because we live in a small town and one thing happens everyone has to know. Get over yourselves.

-- Posted by littlekidmeg on Mon, Jan 12, 2009, at 12:38 PM

I don't know about both of these men being dangerous but I do know that Mr. Sanders is a nice man...there are a lot of nice people that use drugs. What needs to be done is not only "getting these individuals off the streets" but jail is not the only answer. They need help to clear themselves of their addiction. I am aware that it doesn't work for everyone but I want to again urge people not to rush judgement upon these people being arrested on drug charges because we only know what we read and that may not be the full story. It is not our place to pass judgement that is GOD's.

-- Posted by PurpleGurl on Mon, Jan 12, 2009, at 3:02 PM

PurpleGurl, thank you for understanding the situation. Not all the facts are being released and Joe, also my very close relative does not use or sell drugs in any matter. The way I see it "Tad" as I've heard him be called, was arrested at 10 a.m. and knew he would get some sort of bargain (less time in jail) if he could tell the police of more people. He had to of been just naming people. Joe does NOT use or sell drugs. I'm not allowed to say more.

-- Posted by littlekidmeg on Mon, Jan 12, 2009, at 6:07 PM

brono921, bravo! I wish more people could see things as you do. you couldn`t have said it better.

-- Posted by rooster1 on Tue, Jan 13, 2009, at 8:06 AM

littlekidmeg, pull the blinders off.I`ve known this man since grade school and yes he does.

-- Posted by rooster1 on Tue, Jan 13, 2009, at 8:09 AM

putting people in jail isnt the answer to the drug problem what we need is a mandatory drug addiction program that people can afford, thats what will take care of the problem so they will get off them remember what jesus said about turning the cheek sounds like some of you havent ever been to church and taught about helping people with problems even if its just moral support which doesnt sound like some people in here with thier posts and i am not defending him either just stating a point

-- Posted by brazil citizen on Tue, Jan 13, 2009, at 3:11 PM

rooster1-did you ever think that people change. AND THE METH WAS COW GROWTH MEDICINE. like i said, police need the facts.

-- Posted by littlekidmeg on Tue, Jan 13, 2009, at 6:14 PM

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