IMPD makes arrests for selling drugs to homeless

Brandon Jones (L), Robert Andrews (M) and Jeffery Ayers (R) were among nine arrested Thursday, April 11, 2019 for selling drugs to the homeless near Wheeler Mission. (Images provided by IMPD)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – Metro police detectives arrested nine people Thursday for selling drugs outside of the Wheeler Mission.

Narcotics officers learned the alleged dealers were preying upon the homeless by supplying heroin, crack cocaine and synthetic marijuana.

Metro police units joined Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms officers to conduct search warrants, which led to the recovery of guns and narcotics along with the arrests.

SWAT officers arrested 55-year-old Robert Andrews at 3058 North Stuart St. on Thursday. Detectives also seized 200 grams of heroin, 50 grams of crack cocaine, 30 grams of marijuana, $59,000 in cash, controlled pills, a pill press and electronic scales. Andrews faces six drug-related charges.

Another SWAT team arrested two men at 2383 Beckwith Dr. and seized one pound of synthetic marijuana, a half pound of marijuana, three loaded handguns, a bullet proof vest, drug paraphernalia and $240 in cash. They arrested 34-year-old Brandon Jones on drug charges and 28-year-old Marvell Townsend for visiting a common nuisance.

At 635 N Oakland Ave., SWAT recovered more drugs and paraphernalia and nabbed six people:

  • Pamela Lind, 47
  • Samuel Young, 74
  • Priness Wells, 43
  • Vincent Martin, 53
  • Jeffery Ayers, 58
  • Marilyn Henry, 68

IMPD Downtown District Commander Phillip Burton called the operation, "another example of the excellent work by the Downtown narcotics unit."

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