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Police Smash Multi State Drug Ring

November 7, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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RUSHVILLE, Ind. (WISH) — Police in Rushville helped stop a multi-state money laundering and drug ring operation this week. Six people were arrested in the case.

Police say the group had been using a Cincinnati apartment to make and sell drugs.

When police raided that apartment in Coletrain Township, they found 6.5 pounds of heroin and 4.2 pounds of cocaine.

Police say the street value of those drugs was $740,000. Officers also seized six handguns, one shotgun and lots of cash.

The group was arrested when they arrived at a bank in Indiana. Police say the six were using the Wells Fargo in Rushville to funnel their drug money through.

Police arrested 22-year-old Brian Shepherd Jr., 67-year-old Larry Harris, 56-year-old Alfonzo Sullen and 51-year-old Ion Barnett, all of Ohio, when they arrived to deposit money.

Police also arrested 22-year-old Kareem Allateef, and 47-year-old Stacie Jenkins in the case.

The suspects are charged with various counts of money laundering and corrupt business influence. Some are facing weapons charges, too.

“It just goes to show that you never know what kind of criminal activity you’re going to get even in a small town,” said Rushville Police Chief Craig Tucker. “We’re glad to put a stop to that group and prevent them from coming back here in the future.”
Police say they had been watching the group for a while.

They say the group would put money into the Rushville bank, and send it to members of the operation based in California.

Several agencies worked together in this drug bust. Indiana State Police worked with Rushville Police and Shelby County deputies, Regional Narcotics agents and officers in Cincinnati.

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