Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

April 19, 2013

Seven face charges following marijuana bust

Greensburg Daily News

Greensburg — A year-long investigation led by the Greensburg Police Department and Indiana State Police Drug Enforcement Section with the support of the Decatur County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and the Columbus Police Department resulted in the arrest of seven Greensburg residents Friday.

Those arrested and his or her preliminary charges are listed below:

Bryant P. Moffett — Two counts of dealing in marijuana, a class “C” felony.

Will R. Hermesch — Six counts of dealing in marijuana, a class “C” felony.

Schulyer J. Flint — Possession of marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance, both class “D” felonies.

Annette L. Flint — Possession of marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance, both class “D” felonies.

Kayla J. Flint — Possession of marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance, both class “D” felonies.

Tina M. Franklin and Ashley A. Edmondson — Misdemeanor charges of visiting a common nuisance.

Further information on the suspects was not available by press time Friday. Mug shots were also not available, as the suspects were still being processed by staff of the Decatur County Jail.

According to a press release from Greensburg Chief of Police Stacey Chasteen, the investigation commenced in March 2012 when the GPD investigated an allegation a drug deal had “gone bad” resulting in a subject displaying a weapon, then discharging a handgun near a residence where children are known to reside.

Intelligence collected from that incident indicated Moffett was suspected as the source of supply for marijuana that was being sold in that transaction.

Following this incident, an investigation continued leading up to its conclusion this week, undercover detectives with the GPD and Indiana State Police Drug Enforcement Section conducted several hand-to-hand drug transactions with Moffett and Hermesch. The press release describes those two suspects as “criminal associates in the distribution of marijuana in the Greensburg area.”

Weeks prior to the conclusion of the year-long investigation, Moffett was stopped by Rush County Sheriff’s Office deputies and arrested on a preliminary charge of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute. Police allege Moffett possessed approximately a pound of marijuana, separated into multiple plastic bags in that incident.

Earlier this week, the Decatur County Superior Court issued three search warrants. The search warrants were issued for 1007 South Ireland, the home of Moffett; 704 South Ryle, the residence of Hermesch; and 903 East Washington Street, the residence of the Flints. In addition to the search warrants, no bond arrest warrants were issued for the arrest of Hermesch and Moffett.

Teams comprised of police officers, detectives and K-9 Units from the GPD, ISP, Westport Town Marshal’s Office, and Rush County Sheriff’s Office conducted the raids on all three addresses simultaneously. All suspects were taken into custody without incident.

Police found a “large quantity” of high grade marijuana at the residence of Moffett. Investigators searching the home of Hermesch located “evidence of marijuana use,” while law enforcement officials who searched the home of the Flints stated they found “a quantity of marijuana as well as paraphernalia indicating the ongoing use of controlled substances inside the residence,” according to the press release.

The Decatur County Department of Child Services assisted at the home of the Flints in helping children who were located at the scene.

During police interviews following his arrest, Moffett is alleged to have told investigators he has sold marijuana throughout the community as well as at Greensburg Community High School where he is a student.

“We wish to make it clear that the distribution of controlled substances in Greensburg will not be tolerated,” Chief Chasteen said through a press release.

“Through these efforts, we continue to investigate and terminate this unscrupulous behavior.”

The Daily News will provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

— Daily News