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July 17, 2012

4 p.m. UPDATE: More names released in area drug sting that nets 29 arrests, $39,000 cash, 10 cars and two jet skis

LOGANSPORT — Indiana State Police teams, in a combined investigation with the Logansport Police Department and the Cass County Sheriff’s Department, arrested 29 people Monday on federal and state felony drug charges and seized about 13 pounds of marijuana, LSD firearms, cocaine, $34,000 in cash and cars and jet skis.

Logansport Assistant Police Chief Carl Swan said Tuesday the investigation started in the Logansport Police Department in October 2011. Swan said the investigation later grew to include the Indiana State Police, the Illinois State Police, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Cass County Prosecutor’s Office, the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana, which led to arrests across several counties and state borders.

Swan said the other agencies were called in as officers realized that it was a multi-jurisdictional case that crossed state lines.  

Search warrants were issued in Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Howard, Miami, and Tippecanoe counties, in Indiana, and Iroquois and Vermillion counties in Illinois.

The Indiana State Police formed strike teams, involving 150 to 250 officers and including some Logansport Police Department officers. The strike teams spread out across the warrant areas and all served the warrants at 6 a.m. Monday morning.

The operation had a 100 percent target rate, meaning they captured all of the suspects they intended to find, as well as eight additional people, Swan said. Swan added that no one was injured in the

operation.

While serving the multiple warrants, officers seized about 13 pounds of suspected marijuana, LSD, psilocybin mushrooms, firearms, a marijuana grow operation with about 200 plants, about 37 grams of suspected cocaine, $34,000 in cash, 10 vehicles, and two jet skis.

“Everything that was seized was allegedly used or obtained by criminal means,” Swan said.

Fourteen face federal charges for conspiracy to deal cocaine and marijuana: Joe Gibbs, 33, Kokomo; Laef Wade, 51, Logansport; Jose Patlan, 37, Logansport; Dale Marshall, 53, Logansport; Christopher Claisto, 40, Twelve Mile; Eric Arnold, 39, Macy; Robert Duff, 50, Delphi; Guillermo Patlan, 38, Milford; Brock Crowe, 36, Delphi; Lynn Little, 42, West Lafayette; Jose Nambo, 31, St. Anne, IL; Nora Guardiola, 34, Sheldon, IL; Jeremy Dyer, 30, Iroquois; and Andres Garcia, 55, Hoopeston.

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