An investigation into the distribution of heroin and methamphetamine by the Bartholomew County Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team led to two arrests after authorities executed a search warrant Thursday morning at a home in the 4100 block of County Road 500 North.
Judy Jackson, spokeswoman for the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, says the investigation began after authorities received multiple complaints about the amount of traffic going in and out of the home and calls regarding shots fired around the residence. Police say that there were also multiple theft and burglary investigations that led authorities to the address.
Jackson says that the Columbus Police Department SWAT Team executed the search warrant at 4110 W 500 N at approximately 8 a.m. That resulted in the arrest of two residents: Jeremy Streeval and Debin Gabbard. Jackson says the pair were arrested on preliminary charges of:
Theft/Receiving Stolen Property,
Possession of Marijuana,
Possession of Methamphetamine,
Possession of Paraphernalia, and
Maintaining a Common Nuisance
Authorities say that weapons were found inside the home, leading to Streeval being charged with Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon.
Investigators say the search warrant also turned up a large amount of stolen items inside the residence, including two stolen vehicles, an ATV, a go-kart, a hand gun, a large amount of electronics, lawn equipment and tools.
Authorities believe that the people living in and visiting this home 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. They add that the home 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,” Sheriff Matthew Myers.
Jackson says that both Streeval and Gabbard remain remain in the Bartholomew County Jail without bond.
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.