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Wednesday, March 11, 2015
A STORM IS COMING- COCAINE BUST MURDER'S PREDICTED
PREDICTING DEATHS RELATED TO HOUSEKEEPING FROM COCAINE BUST.. HOW MANY ? WHO KNOWS.. GET YOUR SCORE CARD, AND START COUNTING..
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- It's the "largest cocaine distribution network ever taken down in northern Indiana."
Federal and local police agencies in three states coordinated their investigations over several months, and now five men from the Fort Wayne area and one from near Indianapolis are indicted for being major cocaine suppliers.
Indiana's U.S. District Attorney announced the indictments against the six men, who he says ran a massive cocaine wholesale trafficking operation from Mexico through Texas and into Fort Wayne.
37-year-old Allan Bates of Fort Wayne, 66-year-old James Lepper of Butler, 63-year-old Larry Norton of Mission, Texas -- formerly of Fort wayne, 52-year-old Eric White of Fort Wayne, and 35-year-old Ryan Bowman of Payne, Ohio are all charged with conspiracy to deliver more than five kilograms of cocaine.
40-year-old DeWayne Lewis of Greenwood is charged with possession with intent to deliver more than five kilos of cocaine.
Police confiscated more than 100 kilos of coke and nearly $6 million in cash.
“We're coming to get you. As I've said before, it might take us two weeks, it might take us two months, and quite frankly, it might take us two years. But we are going to put together a comprehensive case and we're coming to get you,” says U.S. Attorney for northern Indiana David Capp.
“Cocaine is still there as a mainstay. And certainly in those quantities it doesn't mean that it's just staying here in Fort Wayne. It's being distributed possibly, or at least allegedly, elsewhere. And the fact that that's been disrupted and stopped is a huge thing,” says Special Agent in Charge of the FBI for Indiana, Jay Abbott.
More than 100 kilos of cocaine amounts to a street value of more than $3 million.
In addition to the cash, investigators also confiscated 21 guns and 12 vehicles.
Because this is a federal case, local police departments will receive almost $5 million of that confiscated cash to put towards programs.
And potential sentences would be "significant," Capp says.
The United States Attorney's Office held a press conference today announcing the indictments of six individuals.
According to a press release, the indictments are tied to a large-scale cocaine distribution network that stretched from the greater Fort Wayne area, to other parts of Indiana, Ohio and Texas.
The following 5 individuals were charged:
Allan L. Bates, age 37, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, James W. Lepper, 66, of Butler, Indiana, Larry J. Norton, 63 of Mission Texas, formerly of Fort Wayne, Eric D. White, 52 of Fort Wayne, Indiana and Ryan Bowman, 35 of Payne, Ohio.
40-year-old DeWayne Lewis of Greenwood was charged in a separate indictment with possession and intent deliver over 5 kilograms of cocaine.
21Alive's Corinne Rose is following the story, tune in at 5 for more details.