Informants lead to major heroin, meth bust in WAVE Country

Informants lead to major heroin/meth bust in WAVE Country
Published: Sep. 2, 2016 at 1:43 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 2, 2016 at 2:29 PM EDT
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HARRISON COUNTY, IN (WAVE) – A major drug bust is rocking WAVE Country with more than a dozen arrests in less than 24 hours.

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Heroin, methamphetamine, prescription drugs and cocaine were among the drugs found during Thursday's drug bust, "Got Dimed."

All of the arrests were made by the help of undercover informants or police officers who purchased the drugs.

Early Thursday morning, the Harrison County Sheriff's Department issued 23 arrest warrants, with intentions of charging each person with at least one drug-related felony.

"These drug offenders sell drugs in our county, but they reside in other counties," Harrison County Sheriff Rod Seelye said. "We're tapping the resources we have in any county or state to make an arrest."

The arrests have been successful with help from Louisville Metro Police Department, Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, Shelbyville Police Department, Floyd County Sheriff's Department, New Albany Police Department and Clark County Sheriff's Department.

As of Thursday evening, 14 arrests were made. Seelye anticipates 90 percent of the defendants will be arrested by the end of the week.

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Six people were charged with dealing methamphetamine: Richard Wallace, Charles McMillin, Douglas Leonard, Caroline Garrett, Christopher Houser and Shawn Saylor.

Four people were charged with dealing schedule II controlled substance: Brittany Higdon, Gordon White, James Dennison and Logan Mikel.

Two people were charged with maintaining a common nuisance: Daren Misner and Candy Mattingly.

LMPD arrested Justin Greenwell, who is charged with dealing in heroin. The Crawford County Jail is currently holding Brittany Babbit, who was arrested and charged with dealing in a substance represented to be a controlled substance.

Leonard, who facing a meth charge, was involved in a standoff with Jefferson County Sheriff's Department. When a deputy attempted to arrest him, he fled into a home in the Portland neighborhood, according to Seelye. Louisville Metro SWAT eventually arrested him. A firearm and drugs were seized from that location, according to Seelye.

"Our message to the drug dealers in this part of the country is if you come to our county and sell drugs, we will come get you no matter where you are," Seelye said.

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It's undetermined if the heroin collected contains fentanyl. The Indiana State Laboratory has not yet tested the drugs collected.

"We are blessed to live in a place where the community will tell on people who are peddling poison in our community," Seelye said.

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