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Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 14 Years in Federal Prison for Dealing Drugs While on Bond for State Dealing Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS- Jimmie Ray Harris, 42, of Indianapolis, Indiana, has been sentenced to 14 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute controlled substances.

According to court documents, on September 8, 2021, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents arrested Jimmie Ray Harris after he led IMPD officers on a vehicle pursuit. During the chase, Harris threw 907.18 grams of cocaine, 28 grams of methamphetamine and 28 grams of heroin from his vehicle. Harris also had $22,147.50 in cash on his person and in his vehicle at time of arrest. He was charged in Marion County, Indiana with three felonies for dealing in cocaine, methamphetamine, and a narcotic drug, and was placed in custody at the Marion County Jail.

The next day, Harris made an outgoing phone call from jail to another person asking about the drugs and money remaining in his home and discussing efforts to “clean up” the house. Harris asked about customers coming to the house to pay drug debts, and directed the other person to keep track of who owes him money for drugs. Harris told the other person not to worry about the police searching the residence because he gave them the wrong address.

On September 10, 2021, Harris posted an $80,000-surety bond and was released from jail. On September 13, 2021, officers obtained a search warrant for the home Harris referenced on the jail call. During a search of the residence, officers located a total of nearly 5 pounds of methamphetamine hidden throughout the house, including on top of the dryer in the laundry room, in a desk drawer, in a DeWalt floor vacuum and a DeWalt bag, in a bedroom closet, and inside of a purse. The search also uncovered a glass meth pipe with burn marks, a loaded 9mm magazine, and $13,909 in cash. A young child was living with Harris in the home at the time of the search. Harris admitted he possessed the methamphetamine in his home with the intent to distribute it to others.

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, Zachary A. Myers, Herbert J. Stapleton, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Indianapolis Field Office, Michael Gannon, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s Indianapolis Field Office, and Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Chief Randal Taylor made the announcement.

“This defendant was determined to keep making money pushing poison into our neighborhoods even while he was in jail for dealing drugs,” said U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, Zachary A. Myers. “The serious federal prison sentence imposed here demonstrates that there are serious consequences for fueling the devastation that deadly drugs cause in our communities.”

The FBI, IMPD, DEA, and Indiana Crime Guns Task Force investigated the case. The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Court Judge, Matthew P. Brookman. Judge Brookman also ordered that Harris be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office for 5 years following his release from federal prison.

U.S. Attorney Myers thanked Assistant United States Attorney Peter A. Blackett, who prosecuted this case.

This case was brought as part of the Indiana Crime Guns Task Force (ICGTF). ICGTF is a partnership of law enforcement officers and analysts from several central Indiana law enforcement agencies in Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Marion, Morgan, Johnson, and Shelby counties. In cooperation with state, local, and federal partners, ICGTF collaborates to address violent crime through a comprehensive strategy including innovative approaches to locating suspects and evidence related to violent crimes and illegal possession of firearms.


Updated September 1, 2023

Drug Trafficking