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September 4, 2013

15 charged in multi-state meth bust

Local, state and federal authorities have charged 15 individuals in a three-state meth bust on Tuesday.

According to a release from the Daviess County Sheriff's Department, a multi-agency task force served arrest warrants for 14 individuals in connection to a multi-state drug ring following an 18-month investigation. One person is still wanted in connection to the drug ring termed the "Alan Marshall methamphetamine distribution organization."

Marshall, 43, 620 W. Main St., was arrested on state charges of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and then federal charges of conspiracy to distribute over 500 grams of methamphetamine.

Police said the drug ring investigation started in Daviess County and later helped with the federal Drug Enforcement Agency out of Evansville and the Indiana State Police. A federal grand jury brought indictments from the U.S. District Court in Evansville against several in the ring. Arrest warrants were also issued through Daviess County Superior Court.

During Tuesday morning raids in Washington, Los Angeles, and Coldwater, Miss., officers found 2 pounds of methamphetamine, marijuana, cash and firearms.

Among the arrested locally were:

* Leroy Elsworth Ellis, 23, Washington, on a state warrant for conspiracy to commit dealing in methamphetamine and dealing marijuana. He was also charged with possession of marijuana over 30 grams, dealing in marijuana over 30 grams, possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance.

* Jeffrey Scott Fox, 47, Washington, on a state warrant for conspiracy to commit dealing in methamphetamine.

* Rhonda Kay Lewis, 47, Washington, on a state warrant for conspiracy to commit dealing in methamphetamine.

* Jennifer Malee Sandoval, 34, Washington, on a state warrant for conspiracy to commit dealing in methamphetamine and a failure to appear warrant.

* Adam James Tolbert, 26, Washington, on a state warrant for conspiracy to commit dealing in methamphetamine.

* Eunice Lesure, 32, no known address, on a state warrant for conspiracy to commit dealing in methamphetamine.

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