TERRE HAUTE -- The Clay County Sheriff's Department participated in the investigation that ultimately led to the indictment of 19 individuals on allegations of methamphetamine trafficking in the area.
According to information released by the Terre Haute Division of the United States Southern District Court Thursday, a federal grand jury returned one indictment in the case that charged the individuals with conspiracy to distribute methaphetamine.
Wesley S. Hammond, 39, currently incarcerated at the New Castle Correctional Institution, Ind., is alleged to have maintained and used a cellular telephone while in prison to coordinate the activities of a methamphetamine trafficking organization operating in Terre Haute.
Officials believe Jennifer Poltrock, 28, Terre Haute, was Hammond's girlfriend and acted as lieutenant in the Terre Haute drug organization by allegedly distributing methamphetamine and marijuana to drug dealers who worked for Hammond.
Hammond's primary methamphetamine dealers allegedly included Terre Haute residents Dustin McCombs, 22, David J. Pitts, 39, Bradley S. Shelton, 34, Jwuan Moreland, 35, and his brother Antrio D. Hammond, 31, Indianapolis. Shelton was also charged with a separate count of distribution of methamphetmine.
Other alleged drug traffickers from the Terre Haute area include Rae Anna Johnson, 65, Keith C. Pitts, 19, John Mikolajczyk, 41, Jeffrey L. Denny, 34, Megan E. Samuels, 21, Michael E. Adkins, 26, Herbert D. Phipps, 53, Ahmad Hadi, 50, Dennis D. Plummer, 36, Melissa Van Ness, 36, Timothy Bailey, 48, and Susie Annette Smith.
Agencies involved with the investigation include the Evansville office of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Vigo County Drug Task Force, Vigo County Prosecutor's Office, Indiana State Police, Vincennes Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Clay County Sheriff's Department and other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
According to Assistant U. S. Attorney Bradley A. Blackington, who is prosecuting the case for the government, most of the defendants, if convicted, face maximum possible prison sentences of life imprisonment.
Initial hearings will begin at 9 a.m., Monday, April 19, for some of the defendants before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Terre Haute.