Deputies: Allen County safer after drug, gun arrests

The Allen County Sheriff’s Department began investigating the pair in Spring 2019.

Posted: Jan 17, 2020 5:38 PM
Updated: Jan 23, 2020 7:40 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Around $750,000 dollars worth of narcotics were uncovered in the arrests of two Fort Wayne men, 44-year-old Steven Hecke and 34-year-old Samuel Battell.

The Allen County Sheriff’s Department revealed that the search warrant issued for 810 Spring St. uncovered:

  • 1 Kilogram of Fentanyl
  • 1 Pound of Fentanyl pills
  • 19 Pounds of Meth
  • 2 Ounces of Cocaine
  • 22 Grams of Heroin, Marijuana (including Edibles and THC Vapes)
  • 11 Guns
  • 3 Ballistic Vests
  • More than $30,000 dollars in cash.

“As far as the residents of Allen County, they are definitely much safer than they would have been had it not been for these arrests,” said Captain Steve Stone of The Allen County Sheriff’s Department.

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The Sheriff's Department began investigating the pair in Spring 2019.

Findings lead law enforcement to believe that there were federal quantities of drugs in question, which resulted in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s involvement in the case.

The raids issued by the DEA in collaboration with the Allen County Drug Task Force lead to the discoveries at 810 Spring St. along with five other Fort Wayne locations.

According to the Allen County Sheriff’s Vice and Narcotics Department, there was enough fentanyl seized to kill about 800,000 people from an overdose.

“This is not something that we can take lightly,” said MaryClare Akers, Executive Director for the Drug & Alcohol Consortium of Allen County, “It's something that is happening very near our daily activities and near our schools.”

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