GREENSBURG – A suspected methamphetamine dealer purportedly connected to a Mexican drug cartel was arrested this weekend through a cooperative effort by multiple area law enforcement agencies.
Jason E. Barnard, 42, was arrested by Greensburg Police Department (GPD) detectives Friday evening after he allegedly sold more than $1,600 worth of crystal methamphetamine in a controlled drug transaction conducted by the GPD. Barnard was taken into custody after agreeing to meet with a prospective buyer at a location in Shelbyville.
Police allege the suspect intended to distribute the illicit drugs in Decatur County. Barnard told police he had nearly $27,000 worth of methamphetamine available to him for distribution, equivalent to approximately 900 individual doses of the drug. Barnard is alleged to have sold the equivalent of 40 doses of crystal methamphetamine to individuals involved in the investigation, according to a press release provided by the GPD.
The arrest of Barnard is connected to a drug bust late last month that resulted in the apprehension of eight suspects on various substance abuse-related charges. Those suspects are believed to be part of a criminal network that intended to distribute crystal methamphetamine, a highly addictive controlled substance, locally.
The press release states Barnard’s crystal methamphetamine was allegedly acquired from a Mexican drug cartel and subsequently brought to Greensburg.
Barnard currently faces a charge of dealing in methamphetamine, a Class A felony. Prior felony drug convictions have led investigators to seek a sentence enhancement against the suspect, who previously served prison sentences stemming from convictions of possession of cocaine or a narcotic drug and theft and receiving stolen property. Those convictions were handed down in Decatur County in 2011 and 2006, respectively. The Indiana Department of Correction website lists Barnard’s earliest possible release date following the 2011 sentencing as April 30, 2013.
Charging Information filed Friday in the Decatur Circuit Court states Barnard was also convicted of possession of methamphetamine in 2004 in Marion County.