One dead, 21 arrested in federal drug sting in Indianapolis
A man was killed and 21 people were charged in connection with a drug sting in Indianapolis.
US Attorney Joe Hogsett announced the results of "Operation Five Dollar Footlong" Thursday afternoon.
Jose Guerrero, 36, was shot and killed by a Drug Enforcement Administration agent early Thursday at Westlake Apartments on the Indianapolis west side.
Hogsett says the sting targeted a group that was allegedly bringing in thousands of pounds of marijuana into the city. According to Hogsett, 21 defendants were charged and large quantities of drugs and guns were seized.
On Thursday, 100 pounds of marijuana, 1.5 pounds of methamphetamine, seven firearms, 26 vehicles and up to $100,000 in drug proceeds was seized.
The operation began in March 2011, when the DEA and the Metro Drug Task Force started investigating drug trafficking in Indianapolis. Investigators focused their attention on a Mexican grocery store on the city's west side believed to be a center for illegal activities.
Charges were filed against several people in October 2011, and five tons of marijuana along with $4.3 million in drug proceeds were seized. Investigators dubbed the operation "Five Dollar Footlong" because the tractor trailer the drug proceeds were found in was also carrying a large number of sandwich wrappers.
The shooting happened around 6:00 a.m. IMPD tells us the incident began as part of a federal task force serving a search warrant at the apartment complex. Police say the suspect raised a weapon at police officers and ignored verbal commands to lower the weapon. An agent shot and killed the suspect, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
The apartment is at the 5900 block of Beachview Drive, near I-465 and 10th Street on the west side of Indianapolis.