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6 men indicted on heroin counts

Scheme to steal, sell drugs alleged

A group of would-be robbers is facing a federal indictment after an investigation by the ATF into Warsaw-area heroin dealing and the discovery of a plot to stage a phony police raid on other drug suppliers.

According to court documents, Floyd D. Thomas; Derrick L. Thomas; Dwaine Bartlett; Prentice A. Bland; Richard A. Council; and Richard A. Murray were all indicted on a count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of heroin, as well as a count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Thomas was also indicted on four counts of distribution of heroin.

Thomas was identified in court documents as an Indianapolis man and armed heroin supplier to the Warsaw area.

The six men were arrested in mid-February on a criminal complaint outlining the events leading up to the indictment.

The investigation began in November after Warsaw police detectives identified Thomas. Through their investigation, police detectives and federal agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives learned that Thomas wanted to rob others of drugs, in addition to dealing in drugs.

Through surveillance and other tactics, investigators learned the robbery was to take place in Fort Wayne and was to look like a raid by federal agents, according to court documents.

On Feb. 12 after meeting at a hotel, donning body armor and grabbing weapons, the crew was arrested by real federal agents who found a battering ram and clothing labeled “Police” and “SWAT” inside a car.

Guns were seized, including a shotgun, rifle and a number of pistols, according to court documents.

rgreen@jg.net

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