A two month investigation has led to the arrest of 10 individuals involved in a methamphetamine trafficking organization.
According to a press release from Jasonville Chief of Police Jim Gadberry, those involved include Kenneth Eberhardt, 40, of Linton; Jay Honchell, 54, of Jasonville; Larry Stevenson, 66, of Jasonville; David Jackson, 63, of Coalmont; Wesley Sapp, 39, of Coalmont; Julie McGuire, 42, of Clay City; Brenda Chesterfield, 38, of Jasonville; Steven Dickey, 54, of Indianapolis; and Troy Hutchinson, 25, of Indianapolis.
Police logs and court documents also indicate Kristopher Eberhardt, 31, of Dugger to be involved, as he was arrested on a warrant for dealing methamphetamine.
According to a probable cause filed by Indiana State Police Detective Joshua Allen, he and Jasonville Assistant Police Ryan Vanhorn were approached by a confidential informant in Jasonville in October.
“(The informant) indicated he/she had been purchasing methamphetamine several times a week from Steven Dickey,” Allen wrote. “(The informant) indicated he/she would purchase ‘a couple balls’ (1/4 ounce) to a full ounce from Dickey. (The informant) indicated he/she was paying Dickey $1,200 for a whole ounce.”
The informant also reportedly stated Dickey had tried to get the informant to accept half-pound quantities of crystal methamphetamine for $4,000.
“(The informant) said he/she would generally meet Dickey in or around the Jasonville area to purchase methamphetamine,” Allen wrote. “The CI (confidential informant) indicated this was the area where Dickey’s uncle lived.”
Law enforcement reportedly identified the property to be owned by Dickey’s uncle, Larry Stevenson.
The informant also reportedly indicated Dickey confessed to dealing meth to several people in the area and he would purchase his methamphetamine from two males in Indianapolis. The CI did not know the identities of the males or the address in which they resided.
“Dickey indicated the two males were relatives to each other,” Allen wrote. “Dickey stated they ‘got dope in by the trunk load.’”
Officers and agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Evansville Post and Indiana State Police met with the informant for a controlled purchase in November. A field test on the purchased material tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine. The weight of the purchase was over 30 grams.
A few days later, the informant contacted ISP Detective Jason Kempf and indicated he/she would be able to obtain more methamphetamine from Dickey. VAnHorn and Kempf met with the informant at a predetermined location in Greene County.
“At 1:21 p.m. Dickey called (the informant) and stated he was in a rental car and currently in Hymera. Dickey advised he was loaded heavy and wanted to drop two ounces with (the informant),” Allen wrote.
Dickey reportedly called the informant later and asked to meet at his uncle’s house.
During the informant’s recorded debriefing, the informant reportedly stated an unknown female exited from the rear passenger door of a black vehicle parked in front of him. Dickey then reportedly exited the residence of Stevenson and got into the passenger’s seat of the informants vehicle.
“(The informant) stated Dickey commented that he over sold and just had a little over an ounce,” Allen wrote. “(The informant) stated Dickey laid the ounce down and said it would be $1,200 that (the informant) could pay at a later time.”
Calls and texts with the informant were consensually recorded and photographed.
The informant then delivered $1,200 in photographed control buy money following the previous purchase.
“The informant indicated Dickey had approximately $10,000 in cash and four ounces of crystal methamphetamine on his person,” Allen wrote.
A third controlled purchase with the informant took place in late December.
“Dickey and (the informant) entered into non-pertinent talk about hardware items. Dickey then said he had ‘some of that stuff you was talkin’ about,’” Allen wrote.
The informant reportedly inquired about purchasing an “eight ball” of methamphetamine, which Dickey reportedly stated he would save for him at his uncle’s residence. The informant reportedly made the purchase with $160 in photographed control buy money and returned with a crystal substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine, weighing 3.7 grams.
A search warrant was then reportedly issued to intercept the electronic communications of Dickey for Nov. 28 to Nov. 29. Due to phone number changes, following warrants were issued on Dec. 5 through Dec. 12, 2016 and again on Jan. 4, 2017.
Allen wrote that through prior investigation and surveillance, he had been able to understand the operational basis for Dickey’s drug trafficking organization.
Electronic surveillance reportedly linked all members of the organization to Dickey, which also includes Kenneth and Kristopher Eberhardt, Honchell, Jackson, Sapp, McGuire and Chesterfield.
“Steven Dickey receives methamphetamine from his source, Troy Hutchinson. This methamphetamine is usually supplied on the ‘front’ (payment received later). Dickey then travels to Greene County where he runs his business from his uncle, Larry Stevenson’s residence, at 9989 N 14450 W, Jasonville. Dickey then deals methamphetamine to the lower level co-conspirators. This methamphetamine is generally provided on the ‘front.’
After a few days and Dickey has supplied all of his methamphetamine, he begins the money collection phase of his operations,” Allen wrote.
Dickey reportedly would refer to “one” as being an eight-ball or 1/8 ounce, “two” as being 1/4 ounce and so on.
“This continues to the point of Dickey referring to a ‘whole one as one ounce, or 28.35 grams. Dickey also refers to ‘half of one’ as a half of an ounce. Dickey generally orders from his source in quantities of ounces, so when Dickey refers to ‘four’ we know Dickey to be purchasing four ounces of methamphetamine. It is known that Dickey generally charges approximately $160 for an eight-ball and approximately $1,200 for an ounce,” Allen wrote.
Manual surveillance reportedly placed Dickey in Indianapolis meeting with a man, later identified as Troy Hutchinson, on multiple occasions.
During electronic surveillance on Jan. 9, Dickey reportedly called Hutchinson in regards of selling hims a Mossberg shotgun, which allegedly had already had its barrel cut off to 18 to 19 inches. Dickey later allegedly called Hutchinson, claiming to have “precious cargo” in his vehicle.
Warrants were issued for the arrests of all individuals involved with the operation.
According to the press release, approximately five ounces of crystal methamphetamine, 1/4 ounce of heroin, 1/2 ounce of crack cocaine and 15 firearms were seized, one of which was stolen as a result of search warrants.
All involved are being charged with Level 2 felony conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Kenneth and Kristopher Eberhardt, Honchell, Stevenson and Dickey will face jury trial May 9, with Chesterfield, Sapp, McGuire, Hutchinson and Jackson facing jury trial May 23 in Greene County Circuit Court.