10/9/2017 4:03:00 AM Narcotics task force arrests two in heroin investigation
Jeremy D. Streeval
Debin P. Gabbard
Bartholomew County Sheriff's Department
An investigation into the distribution of heroin and methamphetamine led to the Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team (JNET), securing a search warrant for an address located in the 4100 block of CR 500 N.
The investigation began following multiple complaints from the public in reference to the unusual amount of traffic going in and out of the residence and calls regarding shots fired around the residence. There were also multiple theft and burglary investigations that led authorities to this resident.
On Oct. 5, 2017, approx. 8:am, the Columbus Police Department SWAT Team executed the search warrant at 4110 W. County Road 500N. During the execution of the search warrant, two residents: Jeremy Streeval and Debin Gabbard, were arrested on preliminary charges of:
Theft/Receiving Stolen Property,
Possession of Marijuana,
Possession of Methamphetamine,
Possession of Paraphernalia, and
Maintaining a Common Nuisance
Weapons were located inside the residence and Mr. Streeval was also charged with possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.
Both remain in BCJ without bond.
Investigators found a large amount of stolen items inside the residence: two stolen vehicles, ATV, Go Cart, a hand gun, a large amount of electronics, a television, lawn equipment and tools.
All persons are considered innocent unless/until proven guilty in a court of law.
Authorities believe that the people living and visiting this residence are responsible for dealing large amounts of heroin and methamphetamine and that they are involved in numerous burglaries, thefts and vehicle thefts in Columbus and Bartholomew County. This residence is also believed to have ties to the Aryan Brotherhood.
"I appreciate citizens who work with law enforcement to keep Bartholomew County safe - this has been a major hit on the supply of heroin and methamphetamine in Bartholomew County", said Bartholomew County Sheriff Matthew A. Myers.
JNET was assisted by CPD, SWAT, Bartholomew County Sheriff's Office, Indiana State Police, Department of Natural Resources and the Edinburgh Police Department.
The Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team, a combined unit of the Bartholomew County Sheriff's Office, the Columbus Police Department and the Bartholomew County Prosecutor's Office, is proactively targeting the manufacturing and abuse of dangerous drugs in Columbus and Bartholomew County. SWAT includes Columbus Police Officers and Bartholomew County Sheriff's deputies.