Eighteen people have been arrested on drug charges and authorities are still searching for one more.
During an eight month long investigation, detectives with the Evansville-Vanderburgh County Drug Task Force and members of the DEA identified a number of suspects in a case involving the distribution of crack and powder cocaine.
According to reports, an arrest operation was conducted on October 28, 2011 with the aide of the EPD, ISP, United States Marshal's Service, Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office, and Warrick County Sheriff's Office.
The following are the identified suspects that were arrested during the operation:
One suspect, Michelle Murphy, has not been located at the time of the press release.
Seven others were also arrested as a part of a cocaine ring that officers say had been operating since March of 2011.
The following all face charges of allegedly conspiring to possess and distribute crack cocaine:
In addition, Sherman faces nine counts of knowingly distributing cocaine in the Evansville area.
Sanders faces a similar count for allegedly possessing cocaine with the intent to distribute it
Howell could face up to eight years in prison if he is found guilty of his "phone count," and could additionally face a fine of up to $250,000.
The US Attorney's office says six of these seven individuals indicted could face between 10 years to life in prison as well as a fine up to $10 million.
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