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[ISP] Large Heroin Bust takes Bite out of Drug Market
Start Date: 4/13/2012
End Date: 4/13/2012
Entry Description

St. Joseph & Marion Counties – On the evening of April 10, 2012, officers with the Indiana State Police and the South Bend Police Department Special Operation Section, worked in concert to remove more than 10 pounds of powder heroin from the streets.  The multi jurisdictional investigation that led officers to the estimated $400,000 in heroin, stemmed from an investigation that started in the summer of 2011 in Indianapolis.

The investigation was initiated after officers with the Indiana State Police Drug Enforcement Section (DES) purchased heroin from two Indianapolis men.  The buy led investigators north to a possible heroin supplier and drug trafficking ring in South Bend that included individuals from several states.

The sting operation was set into motion Tuesday evening after the suspected ring leader Curtis Lee III, 37, from South Bend purportedly received a delivery of heroin from Johanney Quintana, 44, of Stickney Illinois.  The transaction between Lee and Quintana occurred in the parking lot of the Speedway gas station located at Brick Road and the US 31 Bypass in South Bend.  Subsequent search warrants were served at three residences and two storage units. 

The eight month investigation continued when SWAT teams from the state police and South Bend Police Department simultaneously raided the five locations in northern St. Joseph County.  During the execution of the search warrants, cash totaling in excess of $300,000 was located at residences at 17470 Darden Road, 3334 Woodmont Drive, 1914 Rockne Drive in South Bend and in a storage unit in Granger.  One of the residences searched was that of Jerome Boyd, 38, a co-conspirator of Lee's.  Also seized during the search warrants were two handguns, several luxury vehicles, and a semi tractor and trailer.  All three men were charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin, a Class A Felony, in Marion County, and are currently incarcerated in St. Joseph County.

In addition three search warrants were executed in the early morning hours on April 13, 2012 by the Indiana State Police, with the assistance of the DEA-Indianapolis and the Indianapolis Metro Police Department.  Arrested in connection with Lee were Indianapolis residents Darnell Beverly, 33 and D’Lon Edwards, 24.  All three locations searched were directly related to Beverly.  Beverly and Edwards were also charged in Marion County, for dealing heroin, a Class A Felony.

Agencies participating in the investigation include the Indiana State Police, the South Bend Police Department Special Operations Section, the Indianapolis Metro Police Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

All subjects arrested are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Contact Information:
Name: Sgt. Trent Smith
Phone: (574) 546-4900
Email: tsmith@isp.in.gov
Johanney Quintana
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