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Ten arrested in drug, warrant sweep

Monday, August 17, 2009

Local law enforcement officials arrested 10 suspects during a drug and arrest warrant sweep in three counties Monday.

According to information in a press release issued by the Clay County Sheriff's Department, members of CCSD, Indiana State Police and the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force worked with law enforcement officials in Vigo and Owen counties to serve arrest warrants as the culmination of a drug investigation that started more than a year ago.

Setting out with warrants for nine suspects charged with drug related crimes stemming from the Clay County Sheriff's Department's ongoing drug investigation, officials took into custody seven of the nine and apprehended three other suspects on unrelated warrants.

Chief Deputy Rob Gambill confirmed the department is also awaiting outstanding warrants on other cases that originated in Clay County, however the criminal act actually occurred in other area jurisdictions.

Although details are limited to protect the integrity of the ongoing investigation, Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton confirmed to The Brazil Times the following individuals were arrested Monday:

* Gregory Hill, Timothy Callahan, Levi Williams, Ramon Epple, Floyde Hamblin, Mandy Burger was preliminarily charged with conspiracy to deal methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance, and

* Deana Lambert was preliminarily charged with four counts of dealing schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a common nuisance.

Other suspects picked up during the sweep and taken to the CCJC on unrelated arrest warrants included:

* Laura Williams was preliminarily charged with theft on a warrant from Orange County,

* Richard Clark was preliminarily charged with possession of methamphetamine and probation violation, and

* Everett Fulk was preliminarily charged with two counts of harassment, stalking, patronizing a prostitute and a probation violation.

All the suspects are currently incarcerated on cash bonds ranging from $25,000-$50,000 (with no 10 percent allowed) with the exception of Laura Williams, who is being held without bond for authorities in Orange County.

Heaton also released information regarding a Bloomington man and woman taken into custody for preliminary charges of dealing methamphetamine, who were initially included in the investigation, but were arrested earlier this month.

Jeremy Tim Dalton, 32, has since been formally charged by the Clay County Prosecutor's Office with two class B felony charges of dealing methamphetamine, class D felony maintaining a common nuisance and a class D felony illegal possession of anhydrous ammonia or ammonia solution. Dalton has requested a speedy trial, which is scheduled for Oct. 19 in Clay Superior Court.

Julie Dugger, 28, was formally charged with class B felony dealing methamphetamine, class D felony maintaining a common nuisance, class D felony illegal possession of anhydrous ammonia or ammonia solution and a class A misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia. Dugger has a tentative jury trial scheduled in Clay Superior Court on Jan. 11, 2010.

According to jail officials, the two remain in custody on individual $25,000 cash bonds.

As of Monday evening, CCSD officials confirmed 21 suspects charged with 78 various drug related allegations have been arrested in connection with the yearlong drug investigation.

Officials urge anyone with information regarding drug crimes in Clay County to contact the Clay County Sheriff's Department at 446-2535.


On Aug. 19, 2009, the Clay County Prosecutor's Office confirmed Richard Clark was only charged with a warrant for a probation violation stemming from a February 2008 conviction for possession of methamphetamine.


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-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Mon, Aug 17, 2009, at 8:12 PM

Great Job Clay County Sheriff's Department and all the others involved--keep up the good work. I'm sure that there will be detractors, but those of us who aren't fellow travelers appreciate what has been done.

-- Posted by Unsolicited opinion on Mon, Aug 17, 2009, at 10:26 PM

Where are pictures of the others arrested?

-- Posted by igotyou on Tue, Aug 18, 2009, at 6:06 AM

Fantastic job Clay County Sheriff's Department,members of CCSD, Indiana State Police and the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force. I realize this is a job that gets you a lot of grief and people not appreciating what you do but I for one appreciate everything done in the fight against drugs in Clay County. Please keep up the great work and know that there are people who do appreciate you.

-- Posted by Brazilmom on Tue, Aug 18, 2009, at 7:53 AM

Another EXCELLENT job by all the police departments involved. any time when police can take a meth user off the streets it is a win situation. meth is the scourge to mankind. DEATH TO METH!! checkmate

-- Posted by checkmate on Tue, Aug 18, 2009, at 10:42 AM

did hill fall asleep as he was getting his picture taken

-- Posted by therhino on Tue, Aug 18, 2009, at 1:43 PM

I don't understand what's wrong with all these people...........why don't they just go by the laws and leave all that junk alone?

-- Posted by Bruther on Tue, Aug 18, 2009, at 5:47 PM

Great job CCSD. Thanks for getting them off the streets!

-- Posted by th1953 on Wed, Aug 19, 2009, at 1:08 AM

Great Job GUYS!

-- Posted by ADJ on Wed, Aug 19, 2009, at 12:15 PM

Thanks to all of you involved in cleaning up our streets and neighborhoods!!! You do a great job!! Keep up the good work!! Loved looking out the window and watching it go down.

-- Posted by chevygirl on Thu, Aug 20, 2009, at 7:51 AM

one of the arrested is the father of my two teenage children. Thankfully we only see him about every two yrs for a few hours and they have not been raised around this type of life. He worked full time, and paid support weekly, that is gone now but the only credit i could admit to him before this happened. He has always took the wrong path in life,a man with a good heart and no will power to change, it is so sad, they are devestated and I know they were hoping he would straighten out one day and be the person he always claimed to be on the telephone. God's got this. I know now, there was a reason for his distance all these yrs and why i was blessed with a stable husband that has raised them since they were 3 and 5. I am sad for my children. My daughter always prayed for him to come around, and for awhile she thought God wasnt listening. but i told her God had in fact put it in his heart, but he had to choose to listen.He chose to miss out on two wonderful kids with so much love to give and life to share. God bless to all who are affected by the poor choice of others.

-- Posted by goinscrest on Sat, Aug 22, 2009, at 8:09 PM

Colossians 3:13 be gentle and ready to forgive,never hold grudges.Remember, the Lord forgave you,so you must forgive others.

-- Posted by westsidemom on Sun, Aug 23, 2009, at 5:24 AM

This is a great day for the public when we can get more rif raft off the streets but a sad day for the children of the adults involved who had children that look up to them and adore them. Maybe now they will take stock in their lives and start to rehabilitate themselves and get on the path of recovery. If not for themselves but for all those children that are innocent in all of this and the many lives that drugs destroy each and every day. God Bless the Police and all who were involved in bringing these individuals to justice.

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