Final Suspect From “Operation Double Trouble” Sentenced

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Jasper (Local Sources) – The Dubois County Prosecutor’s Office says the 17th and final case from two county-wide sweeps of suspected drug dealers has been resolved.

In a news release, the prosecutor’s office says 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.

Operation Double Trouble was the second drug raid completed as a joint effort between the Dubois County Prosecutor’s Office and the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

Yesterday, (January 18, 2017), the last pending case as part of Operation Double Trouble was resolved. DeWayne L. Bouillon, 38, Otwell, previously entered into a plea agreement in which he pled guilty to Dealing in Methamphetamine, a Level 5 felony. The agreement called for Mr. Bouillon’s sentence to be left to the discretion of the Court.

Judge Mark R. McConnell of the Dubois County Superior Court sentenced Mr. Bouillon to 5 years executed at the Indiana Department of Correction. Judge McConnell ordered that Mr. Bouillon participate in IDOC’s Purposeful Incarceration program, which is essentially a drug rehabilitation program ran by IDOC. Judge McConnell stated that he would consider modifying Mr. Bouillon’s sentence to probation if he successfully completes that program.

In the 17 cases filed in Dubois County (the defendent in what would have been the 18th case has passed away), the sentences totaled 88 years, with 51 years of jail time. These totals are in sharp contrast to the totals seen from the first drug raid known as “Operation Big Brother.” The sentences in Operation Big Brother totaled 165.5 years, with 135 years of jail time.

The great reduction in sentences is a direct result of the changes to the Indiana Criminal Code that occurred in July 2014.

The criminal code was revised to punish drug offenses, including dealing offenses, more leniently. The idea behind the change was to try to rehabilitate drug offenders, rather than simply punishing them by putting them in jail.

Unfortunately, the Dubois County Prosecutor’s Office has not seen this intended effect. Rather, the Dubois County Prosecutor’s Office has seen drug offenders, particularly dealers, receive lenient sentences on drug offenses, and upon completion of those sentences those individuals continue to reoffend.

Although the Prosecutor’s Office is unhappy with the current state of the Indiana Criminal Code, they stated that they will continue to try to vigorously prosecute drug dealing offenses.

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