TERRE HAUTE, Ind (WTHI) - The indictment of 19 alleged methamphetamine traffickers wasunsealed today in U.S. District Court in Terre Haute.
Law enforcement officers from the region participated in theexecution of arrest and search warrants related to theinvestigation on persons and residences in the Terre Haute area.The indictment was the result of an investigation directed by theEvansville office of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the VigoCounty Drug Task Force, Vigo County Prosecutor’s Office, theIndiana State Police, and the Vincennes Police Department.
Other law enforcement agencies that participated in theinvestigation included the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, &Firearms, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Clay CountySheriff’s Department, and other federal, state and local lawenforcement agencies.
A federal grand jury returned one indictment in the case, whichcharged a total of 19 individuals:
- Wesley S. Hammond, 39, New Castle (Indiana) Correctional Institution
- Jennifer L. Poltrock, 28, Terre Haute, Indiana
- Dustin M. McCombs, 22, Terre Haute, Indiana
- David J. Pitts, 39, Terre Haute, Indiana
- Bradley S. Shelton, 34, Terre Haute, Indiana
- Antrio D. Hammond, 31, Indianapolis, Indiana
- Jwuan Moreland, 35, Terre Haute, Indiana
- Rae Anna Johnson, 65, Terre Haute, Indiana
- Keith C. Pitts, 19, Terre Haute, Indiana
- John Mikolajczyk, 41, Terre Haute, Indiana
- Jeffrey L. Denny, 34, Terre Haute, Indiana
- Megan E. Samuels, 21, Terre Haute, Indiana
- Michael E. Adkins, 26, Terre Haute, Indiana
- Herbert D. Phipps, 53, Terre Haute, Indiana
- Hmad Hadi, 50, Terre Haute, Indiana
- Dennis D. Plummer, 36, Terre Haute, Indiana
- Melissa Van Ness, 36, Terre Haute, Indiana
- Timothy Bailey, 48, Terre Haute, Indiana
- Susie Annette Smith, Terre Haute, Indiana
All 19 defendants are charged with conspiracy to distributemethamphetamine. In addition, Shelton is charged with a separatecount of distribution of methamphetamine. The indictment chargesthat Wesley Hammond, an inmate at the New Castle (Indiana)Correctional Institution, maintained a cellular telephone while inprison and used the cellular telephone to coordinate the activitiesof a methamphetamine trafficking organization operating in TerreHaute. Hammond’s girlfriend, Jennifer Poltrock, purportedlyserved as Hammond’s lieutenant in Terre Haute and distributedmethamphetamine and marijuana to drug dealers who worked forHammond. Hammond’s primary methamphetamine dealers allegedlyincluded Dustin McCombs, David J. Pitts, Bradley S. Shelton, AntrioD. Hammond (Wesley Hammond’s brother), and JwuanMoreland.
The investigation led to the following drug and currencyseizures in the Terre Haute area:
- Two ounces of methamphetamine allegedly purchased from Bradley S. Shelton on December 30, 2009.
- One ounce of methamphetamine allegedly seized from Ahmad Hadi on March 22, 2010;
- One ounce of methamphetamine allegedly seized from John Mikolajczyk on March 23, 2010;
- Five ounces of methamphetamine allegedly seized from Bradley S. Shelton, March 26, 2010;
- Ten pounds of marijuana allegedly seized from Timothy Bailey on March 26, 2010
- 210 pounds of marijuana and eleven ounces of methamphetamine allegedly seized from the residence of Jennifer L. Poltrock, on South 14th Street, Terre Haute on March 26, 2010, pursuant to a search warrant)
- $80,880 allegedly seized from the residence of Susie Annette Smith, North 16th Street, Terre Haute, on March 26, 2010 pursuant to a search warrant
According to Assistant U. S. Attorney Bradley A. Blackington,who is prosecuting the case for the government, most of thedefendants, if convicted, face maximum possible prison sentences oflife imprisonment.
Initial hearings will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, April 19,2010, for some of the defendants before a U.S. Magistrate Judge inTerre Haute.
The indictment is an allegation only, and all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at trial or by guilty plea.
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