Miami County, IN – Recently, eight departments in north central Indiana teamed up for three days to help stem the flow of illegal narcotics into Hoosier communities.
Officers from the Indiana State Police, the Miami County Sheriff’s Department, the Peru Police Department, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, the Cass County Sheriff’s Department, the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department, the Jonesboro Police Department and the Grant County J.E.A.N Team utilized marked and unmarked police cars to conduct saturation patrols on U.S. 31 in Miami, Howard, and Fulton Counties. Patrol officers were augmented by K-9 officers utilizing narcotic detecting police dogs.
Officers dubbed the unannounced three-day patrols “Operation Highway Heat.”
In the coming days, Peru Indiana Today will profile some of the arrests from the three-day operation.
Jean Luc Lacquemanne, 27, of Miami, FL, was arrested by Indiana State Police on charges of Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of a Narcotic Drug, Possession of Marijuana.
Jodel Dellosa, 23, of Alberta, Canada, was arrested by Indiana State Police on a charge of Possession of Cocaine.
On June 25, 2019, at approximately 2:05 p.m. ISP Trooper Andrew Smith stopped a black 2019 Ford passenger vehicle pulling a fifth wheel RV traveling northbound on US Route 31 approaching CR 1500 N., Macy. The stop was conducted because the vehicle made an unsafe lane movement by crossing the center line with left side tires.
The driver, whose name was redacted from the report by the Prosecutor’s Office provided her license and was informed of the reason for the stop. A passenger identified a twenty-seven-year-old Jean Luc Lacquemanne of Miami, FL, seemed to be squirming in his seat while Trooper Smith was talking with the occupants of the vehicle.
Wabash County Deputy Max Cox and his K9 arrived on scene and conducted a “free air sniff” around the vehicle with a positive result. At this point a search was conducted of the vehicles.
A search of the truck would find a blue and white striped backpack that contained an orange pill bottle that held 19 pink round pills identified as Clonazepam, a schedule IV-controlled substance. No one in the truck had a prescription for this drug. Also located inside the backpack was a metal grinder with a plant material that would later test positive for marijuana, a baggie that contained a white powder that would later test positive for cocaine and a folded up piece of paper with a white rock-like substance that would later test positive for cocaine.
After all of the subjects in the vehicle were read their rights, Mr. Lacquemanne said the backpack belonged to him and that the items inside were all his.
During a search of the RV, twenty-three-year-old Jodel Dellosa of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, was located. Inside the RV, officers located a back backpack that contained a small clear baggie with a white rock-like substance that would later field test positive for cocaine. Mr. Dellosa stated the backpack belonged to him.
The driver, whose name was redacted from the report also received a summons into court at a later date for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia.
Duncan Richey, 28, of Shelbyville, KY, was arrested by Indiana State Police on charges of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Cocaine, and Possession of Controlled Substance X2.
Brittany Coleman, 26, of Florence, KY, was arrested by Indiana State Police on charges of Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Controlled Substance Schedule II, Possession of Controlled Substances X2 and Possession of Marijuana.
On June 25, 2019, at approximately 3:20 p.m. ISP Trooper Andrew Baldwin and Trooper Andrew Smith assisted Trooper Doug Weaver and Wabash County K9 Officer Mat Cox with a traffic stop on Northbound US Route 31 / 1050 N. in Miami County.
Weaver had stopped a 1998 Toyota Corolla for failure to signal a lane change. After Deputy Cox’s K9 alerted to the presence of narcotics, a search was conducted of the vehicle.
A search of the vehicle would locate suspected cocaine, LSD, psychedelic mushrooms, dextroamphetamine, THC Vape cartridges, and THC edibles.
Upon being read their rights, Richey invoked his rights. Coleman agreed to speak with officers and stated that everything was both of theirs except for the dextroamphetamine. Coleman stated that she took that from her mom, and she takes it for pain.
Coleman and Richey were then transported to the Miami County Jail.
A search warrant was obtained for a USPS envelope found in the vehicle that was addressed to Richey. Inside was a birthday card and suspected LSD.
Sierra Orriana Mcrae, 36, of Petersburg, FL, was arrested by Jonesboro Police Department on a charge of Possession of Cocaine.
Jonesboro Police Officer Thomison stopped a 1998 Green International bus traveling northbound in the driving lane of US Route 31 at County Road 500 S. The bus crossed the fog line twice which was the cause of the stop.
A “free air search” of the vehicle conducted by ISP Trooper Walter Butt’s K9 indicated the presence of narcotics.
During a search of the bus occupants, Officers located a purse belonging to Sierra Orriana Mcrea, 36 of St. Petersburg, FL. Inside that purse was a small black bag that contained cocaine. Ms. Mcrea stated she uses it for medical reasons.
Mccrea was transported to the Miami County Jail.
Naomi Lavelle, 20, of Versailles, KY, was arrested by Indiana State Police on charges of Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Controlled Substance.
Morgan Franks, 24, of Lexington, KY, was arrested by Indiana State Police on charges of Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Controlled Substance.
A traffic stop conducted by ISP Trooper Andrew Smith and Trooper Andrew Baldwin at 6:52 p.m. on June 25, 2019 resulted in the arrest of twenty-year-old Naomi Lavelle and twenty-four-year-old Morgan Franks. The stop took place on a silver Kia passenger vehicle in the area of N. US Route 31 / CR 1350 N., Macy.
A free air sniff was conducted by ISP Trooper Doug Weaver’s K9 due to the occupants’ nervous behavior.
Upon a subsequent search of the vehicle, Officers located white powder substance was located inside of a wooden box in the backseat and in a backpack in the back hatch area. A glass smoking device was located under the passenger seat. A black smoking device was located in the center console along with plant material in a plastic container that would later test positive for marijuana. Also, in a backpack in the backseat was three separate small baggies containing 14 capsules containing powder.
After being read their rights, both subjects stated that the white powder and the capsules were MDMA, a controlled substance and it belonged to both of them. They also stated that the suspected marijuana belonged to both of them.
Ms. Lavelle stated that the smoking devices belonged to her.
Both subjects were then transported to the Miami County Jail.
All criminal suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
We will have more reports of arrests from Operation Highway Heat in the coming days.