(BLOOMFIELD)- Nick Schneider, of the Greene County Daily World reports the last co-defendant in a major local methamphetamine supply ring has been sentenced to 16 years with the Indiana Department of Correction.
Bradley Crawford, 42, of Solsberry, was sentenced Wednesday in Greene Superior Court for dealing methamphetamine in the amount of three grams or more - a class B felony - for his part in the operation that was raided by police in December 2010 after a several month investigation involving multiple police agencies.
Of his 16-year prison sentence, four years was suspended as part of a negotiated plea agreement. Also, as part of the agreement, the court agreed to review Crawford's placement with the Indiana DOC after one year for possible modification.
Crawford was also fined $100 and court costs and assessed a $200 drug interdiction fee.
In exchange for his guilty plea and to avert a jury trial, the prosecution agreed to dismiss three other felony meth dealing charges (two A felonies and one B felony), a class C felony methamphetamine possession charge, a class D felony maintaining a common nuisance charge; and a class D felony sawed off-shotgun charge.
The December 2010 drug raid in eastern Greene County was conducted by officers from across the county and landed three people in jail.
Donna Crawford, of Solsberry, and Kyle Feutz, Bloomfield, were also arrested along with Crawford.
Donna Crawford was sentenced - for maintaining a common nuisance, a class D felony - on Sept. 6, 2011 to three years with the Indiana Department of Correction with one year suspended and credit for 185 days served.
She was released on probation on March 4, according to DOC records.
Feutz was sentenced April 20, 2011 for possession of methamphetamine - a class D felony - to two years with the Indiana Department of Correction to be served consecutive with a conviction in a prior forgery/theft case. His sentence was served at the Greene County Work Release Center.
At the time of the arrest, Linton Police Chief Troy Jerrell said the bust took some guns off the street and cut a steady pipeline of drugs into Greene County and other locations.
Jerrell called the arrests "a pretty good hit in the drug world around here."
Det. Josh Goodman of the Linton Police Department and Bloomington Police Department Det. Cody Forston led the joint investigation that included the Greene County Drug Task Force, including officers from the LPD and Jasonville police departments, Greene County Sheriff's Department and the Indiana State Police.
"Based on information obtained, we believe Bradley Crawford was sometimes making multiple trips per day to a source of supply to pick up quantities of methamphetamine and was then distributing the methamphetamine locally. We learned that Crawford was sometimes picking up quantities of up to five ounces of methamphetamine at a time," Goodman stated at the time of the original arrest.
A search warrant for Crawford's vehicle was executed and yielded drug-related items including a kit with digital scales, numerous plastic zip-lock bags, scoops and containers, and a cache of methamphetamine that was thrown out, but was found to contain two plastic zip lock bags containing a large quantity of a crystal-like substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine.
Another search warrant was then executed at the Crawford residence.
Donna Crawford was found in possession of a loaded handgun.
Kyle Feutz was found inside the residence and was arrested and taken to jail on an outstanding warrant. He had a cellophane wrapper containing a crystal-like substance which field-tested positive for meth.
During the search, officers located digital scales, plastic bags and multiple firearms including a loaded sawed-off shotgun.
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