News and Tribune

February 21, 2013

Morning raid ends in 23 arrests in two states

12 still considered at-large; most charges drug-related

By CHRIS MORRIS
chris.morris@newsandtribune.com

NEW ALBANY — Law enforcement officials began their day Thursday making arrests in three Southern Indiana counties and Louisville, in what is being called Operation Around The Horn.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, along with the Floyd County Prosecutor’s Office,  came together in an investigation that lasted several months. Thursday at 5 a.m., officers with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department, New Albany Police and U.S. Marshals began picking up the 38 on the list; 35 of those are facing state charges and three more federal charges. During the raid, four additional arrests were made. Many were arrested at their home or in public or work areas.

The charges range from dealing marijuana and controlled substances, to illegal trafficking in firearms, according the Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson. Penalties vary from class A misdemeanors to class A felonies.

“I applaud the ATF for the effort of professionalism and effectiveness with this investigation,” Henderson said at a press conference Thursday morning. “We will aggressively pursue these charges. We take these charges extremely serious.”

Of those charged, 23 were arrested during the raid and more arrests were expected later in the day. There are 12 on the list still at-large.

ATF Special Agent Stuart Lowrey said the investigation and raid were “significant.” Most of the state charges were drug related and included marijuana, methamphetamine, controlled substances, heroin and synthetic marijuana.

“The ATF identified a need and willingness to put resources on the streets. This started several months ago,” Henderson said. “This doesn’t end here. Drugs and guns are a continuing problem. But anytime you can take a dealer off the streets it makes a difference. Anytime you take a weapon off the street, it makes a difference. It’s important that we meet these problems head on and people need to know if they make this choice, there are consequences.”

There were no incidents reported during the raid. Many of those arrested had their initial hearing Thursday afternoon in Floyd County.

Those charged Thursday are: Darnell L. Adkins, 3424 Mitscher Ave., Louisville, two counts dealing in marijuana, class C and class D felonies; Joseph S. Barnes, 817 E. Market St., New Albany, two counts dealing in a schedule II controlled substance, class A felonies, one count dealing in schedule III controlled substance, class A felony; Kimber N. Carothers, 1302 State St., New Albany, dealing in a schedule II controlled substance, class A felony; Vernon L. Casey, 1523 Horne St., Clarksville, two counts dealing in marijuana. class C felonies; Daniel A. Coomer, 6 Sunset Dr., Clarksville, three counts   dealing in a synthetic drug, class C felonies; Terry Lee Corner, 5411 Earlann Dr., Louisville, dealing in a substance represented to be a controlled substance, class D felony; Steven A. Curry Jr., 2308 W. Kentucky St., Louisville, dealing in cocaine or narcotic drug, class A felony; Aaron L. Curtis, 1017 Place Jaune, Louisville, dealing in cocaine or narcotic drug, class A felony; Sean K. Dansby, 3009 Linda Dr., New Albany, three counts dealing in marijuana, class C felonies; Joshua W. Grigsby, 3722 E. McClure Road, Leavenworth, dealing in a schedule III controlled substance, class A felony; Bryant T. Harris, 1213 Minton Dr., New Albany, dealing in a schedule III controlled substance, class A felony, three counts dealing in marijuana, class C felonies; Tony O. Haskel, 307 Iowa St., Louisville, two counts dealing in marijuana, class C felonies; Kerry Ray Heald, 1920 Indiana Ave., New Albany, three counts dealing in marijuana, class C felonies; Aaron W. Kidwell, 1819 Culbertson Ave., three counts dealing in marijuana, class C felonies; Dontay D. Knuckles, 1622 Bono Road, New Albany, three counts dealing in marijuana, class C felonies, dealing in cocaine or narcotic drug, class A felony; William C. Lozier, 80 Wynngate Ct., New Albany, dealing in marijuana, class C felony; Daniel J. McKinney, 6095 Union Chapel Road, Corydon, dealing in a schedule III controlled substance, class A felony; Nathian R. McPheeters, 1508 E. Elm St., New Albany, dealing in marijuana, class C felony; Michael A. Miller, 50 Valley View Ct., New Albany, two counts dealing in marijuana, class C felonies, dealing in a schedule II controlled substance, class A felony; Christina E. Moreno, 242 Woodland Dr., New Albany, unlawful sale of legend drug, class D felony, dealing in a schedule III controlled substance, class A felony; Robert M. Owen, 242 Woodland Dr., New Albany, two counts unlawful sale of legend drug, class D felonies, dealing marijuana, class C felony, two counts dealing in schedule III controlled substance, class A felonies; Deconko M. Pugh, 3101 Clinton Place, Louisville, dealing in marijuana, class C felony; Robert D. Rainey, 1807 Greentree Blvd., Clarksville, two counts dealing in a controlled substance, class B felonies, dealing in cocaine or narcotic drug, class A felony, dealing in a substance represented as a controlled substance, class D felony, dealing in cocaine or narcotic drug, class A felony, unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, class B felony; Kontar D. Roberson, 240 Clay St., New Albany, unlawful sale of legend drug, class D felony; Lucas A. Samons, 7320 Southside Dr., Louisville, four counts dealing in marijuana, class C felonies, dealing in cocaine or narcotic drug, class A felony; Clarence R. Smith, 211 Summit Ave., Louisville, dealing in marijuana, class C felony, dealing in schedule IV controlled substance, class B felony, two counts dealing in schedule III drug, class A felonies; Dennis A. Smith, 1320 Locust St., New Albany, dealing in a schedule I controlled substance, class A felony; Marsalis R. Stewart, 7821 Texlyn Ct., Louisville, dealing in cocaine or narcotic drug, class A felony; Talvin T. Strain, 220 Mockingbird Dr., Jeffersonville, two counts dealing in cocaine or narcotic drug, class A felonies; Andrew K. Thompson, 70 High Park Dr., New Albany, dealing in a schedule I controlled substance, class A felony; Amy N. Wallace, 4164 Craig Ave., Louisville, dealing in cocaine or narcotic drug, class A felony, dealing in methamphetamine, class A felony; Edward L. Wardford, 3653 Elderwood Way, Louisville, dealing in a schedule III controlled substance, class A felony, dealing in marijuana, class C felony; Shawn C. Whiteman, 1107 State St., New Albany, dealing in a synthetic drug, class C felony; Lewis C. York, 2396 Ashley Dr., Jeffersonville, dealing in cocaine or narcotic drug, class A felony, dealing in marijuana, class C felony.