Osgood Resident Among 16 Indicted In Meth Ring

Posted On May 16, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

(Indianapolis, Ind.) – A federal grand jury has indicted 16 people for running a methamphetamine distribution ring in Indiana.

The indictments were announced Thursday by U.S. Attorney for Southern Indiana Joe Hogsett. A total of 23 people were arrested for their alleged involvement in a meth ring that stretched from Indianapolis to North Vernon, as well as other communities in central Indiana.

“The scourge of meth has taken a heavy toll on communities in our state, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office is redoubling efforts to combat organized methamphetamine activity in Southeastern Indiana,” Hogsett said.

The grand jury indictment charges the 12 of the suspects with conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine. The charge carries a potential penalty of life in prison or fines up to $10 million.

Among those indicted was David Eric Chadwell, of Osgood. The others are:

  • Donald P. Maggard, 40, of North Vernon
  • Ashley N. Wright, 27, of North Vernon
  • Jason L. Howard, 33, of North Vernon
  • Jason D. Mantooth, 38, of Indianapolis
  • Dorothy M. Neeley, 39, of Indianapolis
  • Robert J. Holliday, 30, of Indianapolis
  • Kimberly A. Ault, 31, of Indianapolis
  • David L. Bell, 48, of Seymour
  • George R. Nichols, 59, of Butlerville
  • Jessica R. Parsons, 32, of North Vernon
  • Marsha D. Fields, 56, of North Vernon

Four people were indicted on a charge of unlawful use of a communications device:

  • Danny W. Maggard, 39, an inmate at the Putnamville Correctional Facility
  • Christy N. Walker, 31, of Columbus
  • Shannon M. Palmer, 36, of Indianapolis
  • Faris B. Keener, 31, of McMinville, Tennessee

The investigation was a group effort with involved agencies including the FBI, Indiana State Police, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Fishers Police Department, and several other local enforcement agencies.

“This case is another example of the power of partnerships. The FBI and state and local partners throughout central and southern Indiana have joined together with the USAO in this investigation to dismantle a drug distribution network that has plagued the community,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Robert A. Jones.