Two More Sentenced From “Operation Double Trouble”

Cronin

Cronin

Friede

Friede

JASPER (NNDC) – Two more defendants arrested in last year’s sweep of suspected drug dealers locally have been sentenced in court.

Back on June 4, 2015, local law enforcement officers began serving arrest warrants for drug dealing offenses stemming from an investigation known as “Operation Double Trouble.” In
total, in 2 rounds of arrests, 18 individuals were served with arrest warrants for drug dealing charges in Dubois and Spencer Counties.

Thus far, 10 of the cases filed in Dubois County have been resolved. Matthew E. Cronin, 27, Huntingburg, and Jeffrey L. Friede, 57, Linton, entered into plea agreements on February 2
which call for both men to serve prison time. Cronin pled guilty to Dealing in a Methamphetamine, a Level 5 felony, and is set to be sentenced to 4 years at the Indiana Department of Correction. Friede also pled guilty to dealing in Methamphetamine, a Level 4 felony, and is set to be sentenced to 10 years at the Indiana Department of Correction. Both men are set for sentencing on April 6, 2016, at 1:00 PM.

Eight Operation Double Trouble cases remain pending at this time. Thus far, the sentences imposed in the resolved cases total 50 years, with 40 years of jail time. As was expected by the Dubois County Prosecutor’s Office, the sentences imposed as part of Operation Double Trouble are significantly less than those imposed as part of Operation Big Brother. These more lenient sentences are a direct effect of the leniency of the current Indiana Criminal Code. The Dubois County Prosecutor’s Office remains hopeful that the Indiana legislature will reinstitute harsher
penalties for drug dealing offenses.

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