Seven More Arrests In “Operation Double Trouble” (PHOTOS)

JASPER (NNDC) – This morning, local law enforcement officers began serving more arrest warrants for drug dealing offenses stemming from an investigation known as “Operation Double Trouble.”

“Operation Double Trouble” arrests started June 4th when officers began serving arrest warrants on subjects for drug dealing.

10 Individuals were incarcerated in the Dubois County Security Center as a result of arrests made during “Round One” of Operation Double Trouble. One warrant issued out of Spencer County remains outstanding at this time.

Andrew Dodd being taken into custody

Andrew Dodd being taken into custody

This morning, officers served seven arrest warrants as part of “Round Two” of the Operation.  All seven taken into custody are from Huntingburg.

Although the name Operation was Double Trouble was chosen back in June 2014 when Narcotics Officer John Anderson and Chief Deputy Prosecutor Beth Sermersheim began the investigation, it ended up being a fitting choice given that the warrants were served in 2 rounds. This approach differs from the one taken with Operation Big Brother, the first operation undertaken by Anderson and Sermersheim, because 16 arrest warrants were served at one time with Operation Big Brother.

Operation Double Trouble was conducted in two rounds at the request of Sheriff Donny Lampert, in order to ease the burden on the Sheriff’s Department and on the Dubois County Security Center when the inmates are brought to the jail.

According to Lampert, he believes that two rounds helped to ensure the safety of the community and officers by limiting the number of high risk arrests taking place at one time. He also believes that 2 rounds minimized the costs associated with the arrests by allowing the justice system to absorb the arrests over a period of time.

Adrienne Holmes arriving at the Dubois Co. Security Center

Adrienne Holmes arriving at the Dubois Co. Security Center

According to Sermersheim, conducting 2 rounds of arrests rather than one large round-up involved more extensive logistical planning, because it required the coordination of a significant number of officers on two separate dates. Sermersheim attributed the smoothness of both rounds to the efforts of Detective Sergeant Tom Kleinhelter. Kleinhelter completed much of the behind-the-scenes planning in both Operation Big Brother and Operation Double Trouble in order to ensure the safe and successful execution of the arrest warrants.

Sermersheim stated that the efforts and cooperation of many people are required to complete large-scale operations of this kind. Operation Double Trouble included undercover drug buys of methamphetamine, heroin, MDMA, and Schedule II, III and IV controlled substances.

Prosecuting Attorney Anthony Quinn commended both Narcotics Officer Anderson and Chief Deputy Prosecutor Sermersheim for their hard work and dedication not only in this investigation, but also in the work they continue to do on a daily basis. Quinn stated that the abuse and illegal distribution of controlled substances continues to be a problem in Dubois County.

Quinn also says the Dubois County Prosecutor’s Office will continue to stringently enforce all Indiana dealing statutes, while at the same time looking for ways to promote rehabilitation and reduce recidivism in our community.

Thus far, the seven individuals facing charges as part of Round Two of Operation Double Trouble include:

Michael L. Bryant, Jr., 38, Huntingburg, Count 1: Dealing in a Narcotic Drug (Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone), a Level 2 felony, and Count 2: Dealing in a Schedule III Controlled Substance (Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone), a Level 4 felony.

Andrew J. Dodd, 50, Huntingburg, Count 1: Dealing in a Schedule III Controlled Substance (Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone), a Class A felony, Count 2: Dealing in a Schedule III Controlled Substance (Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone), a Level 2 felony, and Habitual Substance Offender Enhancement on Count 1.

Trell D. Ferguson, 41, Huntingburg, Dealing in a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, a Level 5 felony.

Joni N. Goldman, 37, Huntingburg, Count 1: Dealing in a Narcotic Drug (Methadone), a Level 2 felony, and Count 2: Dealing in a Narcotic Drug (Methadone), a Level 3 felony.

Adrienne L. Holmes, 31, Huntingburg, Dealing in Methamphetamine, a Level 5 felony.

Shannon “Dean” Tredway, 45, Huntingburg, Count 1: Dealing in a Narcotic Drug (Heroin), a Level 4 felony, and Count 2, Dealing in Paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.

Cary K. Trusty, 68, Huntingburg, Count 1: Dealing in a Schedule II Controlled Substance (Amphetamine and Dextroamphetamine), a Level 3 felony, and Count 2, Dealing in a Schedule II Controlled Substance (Amphetamine and Dextroamphetamine), a Level 3 felony.

In total, felony drug dealing charges against 20 individuals were obtained as part of Operation Double Trouble. However, only 19 warrants were secured, due to one individual passing away before the Dubois County Prosecutor’s Office applied for the warrants.

Sermersheim, in a news release says, the fact that a person has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation, and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Sermersheim (center) with members of local law enforcement taking part in this morning's second arrest sweep in "Operation Big Brother"

Sermersheim (center) with members of local law enforcement taking part in this morning’s second arrest sweep in “Operation Big Brother”

ALL PHOTOS FROM THE DUBOIS COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE & THE DUBOIS COUNTY SECURITY CENTER

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