Bedford man arrested for dealing heroin after a joint investigation

BEDFORD – A Bedford man was arrested Friday morning for dealing heroin after a traffic stop on Bell Back Road.

Lordmiester Swift Eagle Powers

This concluded a multi-week joint investigation conducted by the Bedford Police Department, the Indiana State Police Bloomington District A.C.E.S., and the Indiana State Police Drug Enforcement Section. Through the course of their duties, officers obtained information that 31-year-old Lordmiester Swift Eagle Powers, of Bedford, was allegedly involved in dealing heroin in Lawrence County. 

Utilizing a large variety of investigative techniques, officers determined that Powers was dealing heroin around a local hotel. On Friday morning, Powers was observed as a passenger in a vehicle being driven on Bellback Road toward the motel. Bedford Police Officers, Clint Swanson, Robert Looney, and Faheem Bade conducted a traffic stop.

During the stop, Officer Bade deployed his canine, ZuZu, who gave a positive alert to controlled substances on the vehicle. A subsequent search eventually resulted in locating almost 3 grams of heroin. 

Powers, who initially did not comply with the officer’s commands and then physically resisted, was placed under arrest and incarcerated in Lawrence County Jail for the following offenses of dealing a narcotic drug, a level 4 felony, possession of heroin, a Level 6 felony and resisting law enforcement by force, a Class A misdemeanor.

Other officers who assisted throughout the investigation included BPD Officer Jarrett Tedrow, BPD Captain Kevin Jones, and ISP Sergeant Greg Day.

Sgt. Day expressed how well the two agencies worked together to make the community a little safer.

“I cannot stress enough the great work that was done during this joint investigation,” said Sgt. Day. “Unfortunately, we all know that the opioid epidemic is real and has hurt countless families. Hopefully, this investigation will serve notice to those that want to wreak havoc in our community by peddling their drugs. I want to thank the Bedford Police Department for their excellent work throughout this investigation.”

Anyone with illegal drug activity is requested to call the Indiana State Police Bloomington Post at 812-332-4411, the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office tip line at 812-545-4700, or send an email to All calls are confidential.