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.
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.