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Methamphetamine distribution conspiracy dismantled in Southwestern Indiana

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

Terre Haute –United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler today announced charges against seven individuals involved in a methamphetamine conspiracy reaching from Indianapolis to Lawrenceville, Illinois.

“Methamphetamine has been a scourge on our Central Indiana communities for too long,” said Minkler.  “Those who choose to violate the law by selling illegal drugs will be held strictly accountable and face the hammer of federal prosecution.”

Those indicted for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine include:

Julius I. Weldon, a/k/a Joc, 41, Indianapolis, In.

Shevockus L. Swing, a/k/a Vock, a/k/a Little Homie, 27, Vincennes, In.

Jason Davis, a/k/a, Big Homie, 32 Bruceville, In.

James T. Western, a/k/a Country, 46, Lawrenceville, Il.

Donta Henderson, 35, Vincennes, In.

Justin Swain, 36, Lawrenceville, Il.

Tammy Gillespie, 34, Lawrenceville, Il.

According to the indictment, Julius Weldon was the source of supply, receiving his methamphetamine from Arizona.  The packages of methamphetamine were delivered by UPS and FedEx to Weldon’s home in Indianapolis.  Weldon distributed his drugs to Swing, Davis, and Western.  Western would then distribute to Swain and Gillespie for redistribution in the Lawrenceville, Illinois area.  Henderson was a drug runner for Weldon to other locations in central Indiana.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Indiana State Police, Illinois State Police, Daviess County Sheriff’s Department, Knox County Sheriff’s Department and the Lawrence County Illinois Prosecutor’s Office.

Weldon remains a fugitive but the other defendants had their initial appearance in federal court in Terre Haute on Friday, October, 16, 2015, and were all detained.  Their detention hearing is scheduled for October 21, 2015, at the Terre Haute Federal Courthouse.

According to Chief of the Drug and Violent Crime Unit Bradly A. Blackington, who is prosecuting this case for the government, all could face up to twenty years in prison if convicted.

An indictment is only a charge and not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Updated October 19, 2015