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Nearly three dozen arrests in Johnson County drug operation

During the early morning hours Wednesday, members of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Franklin Police Department, Greenwood Police Department, and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, with members of the Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office served several drug warrants.

These warrants were from joint investigations conducted by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Franklin Police Department, and Greenwood Police Department. These three Johnson County Law Enforcement agencies work together to combat drug issues in our community.

Johnson County Sheriff Duane Burgess, Chief Kirby Cochran of the Franklin Police Department, Chief James Ison of the Greenwood Police Department and Prosecutor Lance Hamner have formed a partnership with the three investigative agencies to combat drug issues in Johnson County. Each agency has joined together to form a bigger narcotics investigation team to aid in manpower issues and allow officers to work together to be more efficient.

This current roundup began several months ago, and the information obtained has been given to the Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office. The information has been reviewed and warrants were issued for 33 people.

Several of these people traveled to Johnson County to sell illegal narcotics. Two thirds of those suspects were  from outside Johnson County, including:

Indianapolis: 18          

Carmel: 1                    

Columbus: 1   

Camby/Martinsville: 2

Franklin: 7                   

Greenwood: 3              

New Whiteland: 1

Sheriff Burgess says members of the narcotics team are working to get those high end dealers off of the streets of Johnson County. With the cooperation of each agency contributing manpower and resources we are able to conduct complex and effective drug investigations without overly disrupting normal law enforcement operations.

The following agencies assisted in locating and arresting the suspect(s) involved in this drug round-up, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Franklin Police Department, Franklin Fire Department, Greenwood Police Department, Greenwood Fire Department, Bargersville Police Department, Bargersville Fire Department, Edinburgh Police Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Carmel Police Department, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and the Martinsville Police Department.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office utilized their SWAT Team at 644 Park Drive, Greenwood, when that criminal warrant was served. Two other people were also arrested at that home.

They also utilize the Bargersville Fire Department, Franklin Fire Department and Greenwood Fire Department for safety reason during these type of operations.