Laurel Woman Gets 22 Years For Meth Dealing
Press release from Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office
Rachel M. Isaacs. Photo provided.
(Franklin County, Ind.) – On December 13, 2017, Rachel M. Isaacs, 43, of Laurel, was sentenced by Franklin County Circuit Court Judge J. Steven Cox to an aggregate term of 22 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections. Isaacs will serve approximately the first 18 years of her sentence in prison, with the remainder to be served on probation upon her release. Isaacs had previously plead guilty to two counts of Dealing Methamphetamine and one count of Maintaining a Common Nuisance.
According to Franklin County Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Chris Huerkamp, the cases arose out of two separate but related investigations within a month of one another, involving multiple county police agencies.
Starting in August 2016, Brookville Police Officer Ryan McQueen, a member of the Franklin County Drug Task Force, began to investigate information he received regarding possible drug-related activity at Isaacs’ home in Laurel. After a month’s worth of investigation, he applied for and was granted a search warrant for the residence on Basin Street. With assistance from other Brookville Police Officers and Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputies, McQueen executed the search warrant on September 4, 2016. As a result, the Officers recovered over 4 grams of methamphetamine along with various items of drug paraphernalia. Isaacs, who was present at the home, was questioned and admitted that the contraband belonged to her. She was arrested and charged with Dealing Methamphetamine and Maintaining a Common Nuisance, both felonies. Isaacs posted bond and was released on September 6, 2016, pending the filing of formal charges.
A little more than one month later, on October 9, 2016, officers would be returning to Isaacs’ home for more. Just after midnight, Laurel Police Officers Joey Ailes and Clint Ellis were conducting a routine traffic stop of a vehicle operated by Wayne Seiber, 52, of Dayton, Ohio when a K-9 search yielded an astonishing 83.5 grams of methamphetamine, along with syringes, $2,140.00 in cash, and two handguns. Police questioning of passengers revealed that they were coming from Isaacs’ home, where they had been using drugs. Ellis and McQueen, who had also been summoned to the scene, questioned Seiber and learned of further connections to Rachel Isaacs.
Armed with the information from the traffic stop, the officers immediately applied for and were granted a search warrant for Isaacs’ residence. The warrant was executed the next morning, just hours after the stop, by officers from Laurel, Brookville, and the Sheriff’s Department. Isaacs was once again at home when the police arrived along with several others. This time, the search of her home yielded nearly 40 grams of methamphetamine (almost 10 times as much as in September), along with some marijuana and other items of contraband. Isaacs was again arrested and charged with Dealing Methamphetamine. She did not post bond this time, and has remained incarcerated at the Franklin County Security Center ever since.
Isaacs entered guilty pleas in both cases on November 1, 2017. There was no written plea agreement; sentencing was left to the discretion of Judge Cox, who considered arguments on behalf of the Prosecution and Defense at the December 13 hearing. Ultimately, Judge Cox agreed with the State’s recommendation and pronounced sentence. Isaacs was given credit for the time she has already served and remanded back to the custody of the Sheriff pending transfer to the Department of Corrections to complete her sentence.
Several others were charged in connection with both investigations with various felony and misdemeanor offenses. Only Isaacs and Seiber were charged with Dealing Methamphetamine. Seiber’s case is still pending, and Huerkamp emphasized that he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Chief Deputy Prosecutor Huerkamp praised the police efforts in both of Isaacs’ cases, specifically the cooperation among various Franklin County agencies. “These officers took an incredible amount of meth out off the street as a result of this investigation. By sharing information and resources, they were able to identify and take down a major meth distribution ring, and they should be commended for their efforts. I have nothing but confidence in our local police agencies as they target those who supply our county with this garbage, and the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office will do its best to ensure that the perpetrators face the appropriate justice.”