Police bust up heroin ring

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By Patrick Yost


Two Rutledge men were arrested and charged with trafficking in heroin after Morgan County authorities allegedly made an undercover purchase of “black tar” heroin from the men.

According to Capt. Chris Bish, Investigations, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Joshua W. Stowe, 26, Rutledge and his brother Edward V. Tallon, 47, Rutledge were both arrested and charged with trafficking in heroin, possession of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Bish said the pair were arrested on December 14 after authorities executed a search warrant on the brothers’ Spears Road residence.

Inside the residence, Bish said, officers found more than 68 grams of suspected black tar heroin.

“It’s a substantial seizure. Substantial.” Bish said.

Bish said a search warrant was secured after a confidential informant allegedly made a controlled purchase of heroin from the residence. He said investigators with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office had contributed to the investigation.’

“We’ve kind of formed an ad hoc task force. Somebody has a problem within the three counties and we communicate about it.”

Seized from the residence were weapons including a homemade silencer that Morgan County officials are going to turn over to federal officials. Officers also located methamphetamine, scales, evidence of an indoor marijuana growing operation and related drug paraphernalia.

Both men remained incarcerated at the Morgan County Detention Center without bond as the investigation continues, Bish said.

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