LAWRENCE CO. – A lengthy joint drug investigation between the Bedford Police Department, Indiana State Police Bloomington District Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Section, and the Indiana State Police Drug Enforcement Section concluded on Thursday landing two Lawrence County men behind bars.
During the course of their duties, Bedford Police officer Rob Looney and Sgt. Faheem Bade obtained information that 27-year-old Devin Johnson, of Leesville, and 22-year-old Reese Ayers, of Oolitic, were involved in dealing large quantities of heroin and fentanyl in Lawrence County.
An investigation was launched and officers and troopers employed a variety of investigative techniques to confirm the information.
On Thursday morning, investigators were able to determine that both Johnson and Ayers had obtained a ride to pick up a large quantity of heroin. As the investigation continued throughout the day, Bedford Police Officer Rob Looney and Trooper Chance Humphrey observed a gray, 2008 Ford Escape traveling north on State Road 37 near Dixie Highway. The Ford was traveling above the posted 55 mph speed limit and a traffic stop was initiated. Both Ayers and Johnson were passengers in the Ford.
Sgt. Bade deployed his canine, Zazu, who alerted the officer to drugs in the vehicle. ISP Sgt. Greg Day, along with Bedford Police Officer Tyler McGlocklin and Major Jesse Crane, were also on the scene to assist.
During the search of the Ford, officers found approximately 2 grams of heroin and a used hypodermic syringe. Ayers was found to be in possession of 8 grams of fentanyl, a used syringe, a small amount of marijuana, and drug paraphernalia in his sock.
Based on information obtained during the investigation and at the scene, the heroin and syringe inside the vehicle belonged to Johnson.
Both Ayers and Johnson were arrested and incarcerated in the Lawrence County Jail.
Ayers faces charges of possession of a narcotic drug between 5 and 10 grams with intent to deal, possession of a narcotic drug, unlawful possession of a syringe, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Johnson faces charges of possession of a narcotic drug with the intent to deal, conspiracy to deal a narcotic drug, possession of a narcotic drug, and unlawful possession of a syringe.
Sgt. Day praised the teamwork between the two departments. Day said, “The partnership we have fostered working with Bedford PD continues to pay huge dividends for the citizens of the entire county. We all know that heroin and fentanyl are killing our family and friends. This arrest slows the flow of the drug into our county and has saved some lives. The great work that Bedford does should be acknowledged by all.”
Anyone with information on illegal drug activity is requested and encouraged 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 email@example.com. All calls are confidential.
Under the law, criminal charges are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.