Courtesy of IndyStar.com:
A Thursday night traffic stop in Fishers prompted by a broken license plate light ended with a historic drug bust.
And police said Monday that the 100 pounds of marijuana, $330,000 in cash and dozens of pills seized during the operation are part of a case that is still ongoing.
“This isn’t something that we see on a regular basis,” Fishers Police Sgt. Tom Weger said. “I believe this is the largest narcotics arrest and seizure that we’ve had to date.”
Dejuan Ray Wells, 28, and Bria Nicole Davis, 21, both of Indianapolis, are facing multiple felony drugs charges after being arrested late Thursday in the area of East 96th Street and North by Northeast Boulevard.
They were stopped around 11:20 p.m. Thursday when an officer on patrol noticed that the license plate of Wells’ westbound 2007 GMC Yukon was unreadable, court documents said. The vehicle had a tinted license plate holder, but its light was broken. Davis was Wells’ passenger.
During the stop, the officer said Wells seemed nervous and never made eye contact, court documents said. Another officer then smelled marijuana coming from the front passenger window.
Wells and Davis were asked to step out of the vehicle. Police noticed large bulges in Wells’ pockets and patted him down out of fear that he was carrying a weapon. The pat down led to the discovery of two medicine bottles in one of Wells’ front pants pockets and $1,941 in cash in the other, court documents said.
A sleeve of Viagra pills was found in a rear pants pocket, police said.
A K-9 officer searched the vehicle, and the police dog indicated that narcotics were inside, court documents said. Police went into the SUV and found a large black bag sitting between two bucket seats.
The responding officer said that he was “hit” in the face with the odor of marijuana as he unzipped the bag. Inside he found nearly 20 pounds of marijuana in 19 clear plastic bags, five sleeves of blue Pfizer pills and more than $11,470 in cash, court documents said.
Davis told police that she and Wells were staying at the Residence Inn at 9765 Crosspoint Blvd., so police obtained a search warrant for their room. A search at the hotel led to the discovery of a black handgun and $53,950 in cash.
Information inside the hotel room moved the focus of the investigation to a storage unit at Never Enough Storage at 10309 E. 56th St. in Indianapolis, court documents said.
The execution of a search warrant at the storage unit resulted in more drugs and guns being found, bringing the department’s total haul to more than 100 pounds of pot, three guns and $330,000 in cash.
Weger said it is unclear how long the drugs were being kept in the storage unit. He added that additional charges and arrests may be possible as the investigation continues.
Wells and Davis were being held Monday evening in the Hamilton County Jail.
Fishers Police Chief George Kehl praised the work of investigators and called the bust a “seamless” operation.
He spoke with pride as the fruit of his department’s efforts sat in evidence bags on tables in front of him.
“This arrest is an example of the message that we’re sending to the criminals,” Kehl said. “If you come up here and conduct illegal activity, you will be arrested. We can guarantee you that.”
His statements were echoed by Mayor Scott Fadness.
“To watch the teamwork that occurred in the following hours of the investigation was truly extraordinary,” Fadness said. “I must say, I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of this organization.”
Weger said officials cannot comment on the case further as it remains under investigation.
Online court records indicate that Wells has been convicted in the past on felony drug and weapon charges.
The Fishers Police Department was assisted by the Hamilton County prosecutor’s office, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the Lawrence Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and two drug task forces.