Greensburg — The courthouse was unusually busy Thursday as clerks in both Decatur County Superior and Circuit Courts shuffled through file after file to prepare for the defendants. It seemed one after another, a person in an orange jumpsuit and handcuffs walked into either courtroom to take the place of another one before them.
The hectic day at the courts was the result of 18-months of hard work by the Greensburg Police Department in conjunction with the Indiana State Police and the Columbus Police Department. The long investigation into local drug activity culminated Thursday morning in 13 arrests, 11 of which were from warrants filed by the Decatur County Prosecutor’s office.
Members of the GPD, Decatur County Sheriff’s Department, ISP, and CPD covered locations throughout Greensburg, the county and within Bartholomew County to net a king’s ransom of drug arrests. The 13 subjects have a plethora of felony charges - from dealing to delivery to conspiracy - stemming from 23 different events, according to a press release from the GPD. The drugs ranged from meth to cocaine to marijuana and illegally distributed prescription medication.
Both the GPD and the Prosecutor’s office are keeping details in each case basic and vague noting the investigations are ongoing. More charges could arise aside from the initial charges.
Each accused made an initial hearing before either Superior Court Judge Matthew Bailey or Circuit Court Judge John Westhafer. Bond ranged individually from $5,000 to $50,000
Those arrested were as follows: Raymond F. Benefiel, 24, two counts of delivery of a schedule II or III drug (morphine) and delivery of meth, all Class B felonies; David M. Lewis, 23, dealing marijuana (more than 30 grams), Class D felony; David M. Bowers, 25, four counts of dealing cocaine (more than 3 grams and/or within 1,000 feet of a school, housing complex or youth center), all Class A felonies; Kyle A. Land, 25, six counts of dealing schedule II or III drugs, all Class B felonies; Christopher J. Keillor, 34, delivery of marijuana, a Class C felony; John R. Yorn, Jr., 25, two counts of delivery of marijuana; both Class C felonies; Chadwick D. Lucas, 31, two counts of dealing a schedule II or III drug, both Class B felonies; Roy A. Hersley, dealing marijuana (more than 10 pounds and/or within 1,000 feet of a school, housing complex or youth center) and theft, a Class C and Class D felony, respectively; Dawn Roberts, 20, two counts of conspiracy to deal marijuana, a Class C and Class D felony; Kayla A. Roberts, 20, delivery of marijuana, a Class C felony; Matthew D. Lashley, 23, unlawful sale of a legend drug, unlawful dealing of a substance representing a schedule II or III drug, dealing marijuana, two Class D felonies and a Class A misdemeanor, respectively; Chelsea T.R. Lee, dealing marijuana (more than 10 pounds and/or within 1,000 feet of a school, housing complex or youth center) and maintaining a common nuisance, a Class C and Class D felony, respectively; and Hallie R. Irvin, 27, visiting a common nuisance, a Class B misdemeanor.