Adams County Cocaine, Meth bust leads to 10 arrested after 10-month investigation

Investigators of the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, Decatur Police Department, Bluffton Police Department, and Wells County Sheriff’s Department, served Multiple Arrest Warrants stemming from a 10-month investigation in Adams County.

Posted: Mar 3, 2021 4:02 PM
Updated: Mar 4, 2021 9:50 AM

DECATUR, Ind. (WFFT) — Investigators say nearly a dozen people were arrested after a drug investigation in Adams and Wells counties after several months.

Investigators from the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, Decatur Police Department, Bluffton Police Department, and Wells County Sheriff’s Department, arrested 10 people in connection to a 10-month investigation in Adams County called "Operation Boomerang."

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Operation “BOOMERANG” arrests made by the Adams County Sheriff’s Office

During this investigation, authorities said Methamphetamine and Cocaine were purchased from several different suspects.

The term “Boomerang,” when used as a verb, describes something that returns to the originator, often with negative consequences.

Investigators say several people who were arrested during this operation are repeat offenders, both in possession and sale of illegal narcotic drugs.

"Operation 'Boomerang' brings accountability to those who may have failed from a program or not completed a rehabilitation course, and never really changed their ways," said Adams County Sheriff Daniel Mawhorr. "Instead, these individuals have not only ruined a great portion of their lives through their poor decisions, but have also destroyed the lives of many people that they have helped get addicted to illegal drugs."

Investigators say there is an active warrant for Ricky Allen Stetler of Decatur in connection to this operation.

Those arrested during Operation “Boomerang”, hometown, as well as their charges, below:

  • Justin Dean Canales Brown
    • Decatur
    • Charge: Two counts of Dealing Methamphetamine
  • Rusty William Brown
    • Decatur
    • Charge: Two counts of Dealing Methamphetamine
  • Jessica Lyn Miller
    • Geneva
    • Charge: Two counts of Dealing Methamphetamine
  • Patricia Michelle Miller
    • Geneva
    • Charge: Two counts of Dealing Methamphetamine
  • Alexandra Leigh Summer Brown
    • Monroeville, In – 1 count Dealing Methamphetamine
  • Angel Denise Talarico
    • Monroeville
    • Charge: Two counts of Dealing Methamphetamine
  • Jennifer Lyn Brown
    • Geneva
    • Charge: One count of Dealing Methamphetamine
  • Zachary Lawerence Brown
    • Geneva
    • Charge: One count Dealing Methamphetamine
  • Charles Joseph Andress
    • Fort Wayne
    • Charge: Two counts of Dealing Cocaine
  • Nick Handshoe
    • Decatur
    • Charge: Outstanding warrant for Probation Violation

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