SOUTHWEST INDIANA DRUG RING BUSTED

Federal law enforcement authorities Tuesday announced that a Mexican-based drug distribution operation that was bringing large amounts of methamphetamine and fentanyl to southwestern Indiana through the city of Evansville has been taken down. U.S. District Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana Josh Minkler said at a press conference that the lengthy investigation removed more than 123 pounds of meth worth about $5.5 million intended for sale in that area from the street. Also seized in the operation was fentanyl powder and pills along with heroin and oxycodone. He added that 9 people indicted by a federal grand jury this summer have been arrested so far. All have been initially charged with Conspiracy to Possess With Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine and Fentanyl. The two leaders of the operation who was also indicted remain at large in Mexico.