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September 5, 2013

Wiretaps, info led to drug arrests

Alleged ringleader remains at large

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Lewis was also allegedly recorded on wiretaps in July asking for meth to sell. Fox, according to the affidavit, was employed by Daviess County Rural Water and used a cellphone owned by the the utility to allegedly set up meth deals.

A message was left with a board member of the rural water utility for comment.

Many of the state charges were made against low level dealers in the network. The federal charges were for the leaders and main distributors. In an affidavit, it alleges that Alston was the main supplier of meth for the organization.

"As a (source of supply), Alston would organize large shipments, from several ounces to multiple pounds of methamphetamine, from California and arrange for them to be shipped to the Washington, Indiana area," the affidavit said.

Merritt and Kimmons acted as leaders of the ring who obtained the large amounts from Alston, broke the meth down into smaller quantities and distributed them to mid-level dealers, like Marshall, Newson and Coy. Those men would then break down the drugs even more and package them to the dealers at the street level.

The affidavit said members of the Evansville DEA task force successfully bought meth from Marshall during the investigation.

Leroy Ellis, Washington, was also charged with state conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and when the warrant was served, officers found a significant amount of marijuana. Also found were ledgers of drug transactions and a .40-caliber handgun, according to the probable cause affidavit in his arrest. His bond was set at $500,000.

Three others, Barbara Kimmons, Haven Ramsey and Ruby Ramsey, were also arrested for federal money laundering charges. The Ramseys reside in Washington.

Many of the individuals arrested Tuesday have previous drug arrests in Daviess County. Initial hearings have not taken place for those under state charges, but two sets of initial hearings are scheduled for Friday in Daviess Superior Court. The federal cases are still awaiting formal charges.

Summary Through wiretaps, informants and undercover drug buys, local law enforcement built a case that arrested 14 tied to a three-state drug ring. One person is still at large.

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