Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


May 7, 2010

Major Marijuana-Growing Operation Shut Down By GPD

Greensburg — A few months ago, the Greensburg Police Department received a tip about a drug operation in the heart of the city. On Thursday, two individuals were arrested on marijuana-related charges.

Both Brian Prifogle and Elizabeth Whipple were arrested on individual charges of: Possession of more than 30 grams of marijuana, a Class D Felony; maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D Felony; dealing in marijuana, a Class D Felony; and possession of paraphernalia, a Class B Misdemeanor.

At about 5 a.m. on Thursday, the GPD executed a search warrant on a residence at 107 W. Third Street in Greensburg. According to Chief of Police Brian Heaton, investigators followed up on a long and in-depth investigation. They presented the case to the Decatur County Prosecutor's office and warrants were issued.

The GPD's special TAC Team was called in early and had assembled by 4:30 a.m., he said, a the team proceeded to serve the warrant as they raided the house. Inside was a "large quantity of marijuana," Heaton reported. Some of it was allegedly packaged and wrapped, likely to be sold or distributed.

In the basement of the home was a significant marijuana-growing operation, Heaton said. Both Prifogle and Whipple were known to be local pot dealers, both to Greensburg and neighboring communities and counties, he explained.

"They were doing a lot of dealing locally," Heaton explained.

The discovery in the basement and the amount of marijuana found was larger than the GPD had originally believed, Heaton said. He could not say the exact amount of plants and pot found, but credited the diligence and watchfulness of the community with calling in the tip that led to the arrests.

"People know their own neighborhoods better than we do," Heaton said.

The patience of the investigating officers was also instrumental in handling the case. Heaton noted that the TAC Team officers were especially dedicated to their early morning mission, having been called to assemble while most of them were sleeping or out of town.

The Greensburg Police Department can be reached 663-3131. The tip line at the station is 662-7463. Callers to the tip line have the option of remaining anonymous.

"We check out every tip that's given to us," Heaton said.

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