Bradley E. Crawford, 40, and Donna Crawford, 35, both of Solsberry, and Kyle Feutz, 24, Bloomfield, have all been booked into the Greene County Jail where they are being held without bond.
Linton Police Chief Troy Jerrell said the bust took some guns off the street and cut a steady pipeline of drugs into Linton, all of Greene County and other locations as well.
"This is a pretty good hit in the drug world around here. At least it will slow the supply down."
Detective Joshua Goodman of the Linton Police Department, who with Detective Cody Forston of the Bloomington Police Department, led a joint investigation involving several agencies that's been going on for months.
On Wednesday, Det. Goodman said that during the investigation, officers learned that Bradley Crawford was involved in a large-scale methamphetamine-dealing operation.
"Based on information obtained, we believe Bradley Crawford was sometimes making multiple trips per day to a source of supply to pick up quantities of methamphetamine and was then distributing the methamphetamine locally. We learned that Crawford was sometimes picking up quantities of up to five ounces of methamphetamine at a time," said Goodman.
Jerrell commented that the product he was picking up was probably pure and actually would put an even larger amount into the supply chain.
"By the time this product hits the street, it would typically be "cut" or have another substance added to it and five ounces would end up being a lot more," said Jerrell.
Two search warrants were obtained and Jerrell said on Tuesday night, the time was right.
As a number of officers were headed toward the Crawford residence in the Solsberry area on Tuesday, Goodman said they saw Bradley Crawford leaving his residence in a vehicle and he was stopped, placed under arrest and taken to jail.
A search warrant for his vehicle was executed and yielded drug-related items including a kit with digital scales, numerous plastic zip-lock bags, scoops and containers, and a cache of methamphetamine that was thrown out.
"Crawford had thrown a container in an attempt to conceal it," said Goodman. "It was recovered and found to contain two plastic zip lock bags containing a large quantity of a crystal-like substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine."
Another search warrant was then executed at the Crawford residence.
"Donna Crawford was found in possession of a loaded handgun and she was stopped as she was attempting to swallow a plastic zip-lock bag containing a crystal-like substance which also field-tested positive for methamphetamine," reported Goodman.
Donna Crawford was arrested and taken to jail.
Kyle Feutz was also found inside the residence when officers arrived and was arrested and taken to jail on an outstanding warrant. Officers reported he had a cellophane wrapper containing a crystal-like substance which field-tested positive for meth.
During the search, officers located digital scales, plastic bags and multiple firearms including a loaded sawed-off shotgun.
Information released on Wednesday did not include the number of guns seized.
"These investigations can be somewhat dangerous," said Jerrell. "These people have got drugs and guns, and these guys (officers) tromp through and get the job done. I'm extremely proud of them.
"This was a well coordinated investigation. It's imperative that agencies work together and there were several involved.
"I want to recognize the Jasonville Police Department. They've been doing a really good job helping us out and we appreciate their efforts."
Formal charges have yet to be filed in this case but the three suspects are being held on the following preliminary charges:
* Bradley E. Crawford -- Three counts of dealing in methamphetamine in an amount over three grams, all three as class A felonies; dealing methamphetamine, a class B felony; possession of methamphetamine with a firearm, a class C felony; dealing in a sawed-off shotgun, a class D felony; and maintaining a common nuisance, a class D felony.
* Donna M. Crawford -- Possession of methamphetamine with a firearm, a class C felony; maintaining a common nuisance, a class D felony.
* Kyle G. Feutz -- Possession of methamphetamine, a class D felony; and a petition to revoke probation on a forgery conviction, a class C felony.
Jerrell noted there are still follow-up investigations to be completed in this case and others may follow.
"One investigation sometimes leads into another," said Jerrell. "The detectives got a lot of information out of this.
"We'll continue on from here. This job's not done yet."