What to Know
- A drug operation in Indiana lead to over 100 arrests and the seizure of multiple narcotics, including Trump-shaped ecstasy pills, cops say
- The six-day sweep was named “Operation Blue Anvil” and involved patrolling a portion of highway US 31
- "Operation Blue Anvil" lead to the arrest of 129 people on 272 drug charges
A massive drug operation in Indiana led to over 100 arrests and the seizure of multiple narcotics, including Trump-shaped ecstasy pills, authorities say.
In a six-day sweep named “Operation Blue Anvil,” nine departments in north central Indiana teamed up in an effort to halt the flow of illegal narcotics into Hoosier communities by enforcing traffic laws and catching individuals who allegedly transport and distribute illegal narcotics along US 31.
Between June 19 through June 21 and June 26 through June 28, "Operation Blue Anvil” netted 129 criminal arrests on 272 drug charges, with 48 being felonies, according to the Indiana State Police.
Officers also issued 193 traffic citations and 511 written warnings. Additionally, there were also three driving while impaired arrests.
During the six days, officers located a myriad of narcotics, including cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamine, marijuana, psilocybin mushrooms, edible marijuana food, prescription medication and numerous drugs that have yet to be identified, authorities said.
Ecstasy pills, also known as MDMA, shaped like President Donald Trump were also found during the six-day operation. Additionally, officers located drug paraphernalia.
All of the contraband was found during traffic stops made by the various police departments, authorities say.
The operation in Miami and Fulton counties was a joint effort between officers from the Indiana State Police, the Miami County Sheriff’s Department, the Logansport Police Department, the Peru Police Department, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, the Cass County Sheriff’s Department, the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department, the Grant County Sheriff’s Department and the Rochester Police Department. K-9 officers utilizing narcotic detecting police dogs also assisted in the highway patrol.
This is the eighth straight year that these types of patrols have taken place in the area, according to Indiana State Police Sgt. Dan Prus, who organized and oversaw the patrols.
“Summer is a peak travel time with an increased volume of people traveling throughout Indiana,” Prus said in a statement. “Police officers want the patrols to serve as a reminder to drivers to follow all traffic laws for the safety of everyone utilizing Indiana’s roads. The patrols should also serve as a warning that police officers will utilize all of the resources at their disposal to catch and arrest the few who transport illegal drugs.”