More than a dozen arrested following joint investigation into gang and drug activity

More than a dozen suspected gang members face gun and drug charges following a coordinated effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

More than a dozen suspected gang members face gun and drug charges following a coordinated effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

Investigators arrested the defendants on federal charges related to a “significant drug trafficking operation” on the north side of Indianapolis. The investigation began in May 2012 after IMPD learned about gang activity and street-level drug dealing in the Mapleton-Fall Creek area. IMPD said there was a noticeable uptick in gang violence and drug activity in the area.

Police identified the “Buddah Boyz” as the dominant gang in that area. The gang and its associates were linked to several shootings, robberies and homicides in the vicinity, police said.

To break up the gang, IMPD consulted with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the FBI and its Safe Streets Gang Task Force and the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office. Law enforcement officials used sophisticated techniques including wiretaps to gather evidence against the gang.

Investigators said they were able to trace supplies of cocaine, marijuana and prescription drugs to the Buddah Boyz Gang and its associates.

According to U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett, authorities broke up two significant drug operations. One was responsible for trafficking more than 1,000 kilograms from California to Indiana. A second funneled more than 500 grams of cocaine into the Mapleton-Fall Creek area.

Investigators served 12 federal search warrants and six state warrants in connection with the probe. Two traffic stops were also part of the investigation. As a result, law enforcement seized more than five pounds of marijuana (value: $20,000), cocaine (value: $75,000), assorted pills, 21 loaded firearms and 11 vehicles (including a Mercedes valued at $45,000-$60,000).

Arrested were:

  • Justin “J-Rod” Rogers, 32, Indianapolis, on charges of conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute; possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking
  • Robert Ray Richardson, 35, Indianapolis, on charges of conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute; possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking
  • Joshua “Duck” Young, 39, Indianapolis, on charges of conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute
  • Michael “Baby Mike” Young, 39, Indianapolis, on charges of conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute
  • Daniel “Freeze” Laderson, 31, Indianapolis, on charges of conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute
  • Cory Nelson, 23, Indianapolis, on charges of conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute, felon in possession
  • Marcus “Fat Ass” Williams, 29, Indianapolis and California, on charges of conspiracy to possess more than 1000 kg of marijuana with intent to distribute
  • Christopher Racell, 29, Indianapolis, on charges of conspiracy to possess more than 1000 kg of marijuana with intent to distribute; possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking
  • Perkins “Perk” Grice, 29, Indianapolis, on charges of conspiracy to possess more than 1000 kg of marijuana with intent to distribute; possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking
  • John Grice, 47, Indianapolis, on charges of conspiracy to possess more than 1000 kg of marijuana with intent to distribute; possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking
  • Mark “One-O” Shaffer, 47, Indianapolis, on charges of conspiracy to possess more than 1000 kg of marijuana with intent to distribute; possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking
  • Matthew “Bridge” Bridgewater, 30, Indianapolis, on charges of conspiracy to possess more than 1000 kg of marijuana with intent to distribute
  • Gerald “BJ” Rachell, 31, Indianapolis, on charges of conspiracy to possess more than 1000 kg of marijuana with intent to distribute; possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking
  • Lawrence Johnson, 28, Indianapolis, on charges of conspiracy to possess more than 1000 kg of marijuana with intent to distribute; possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking

Prosecutors said 12 of the 14 defendants are in custody. Two—39-year-old Michael Young and 31-year-old Daniel Laderson—are considered fugitives.

Defendants face up to up to decades in prison and significant fines if convicted, prosecutors said.

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