By Patrick Yost
A month long investigation that included a cooperative task force of Morgan, Jasper and Putnam County law enforcement officers culminated in the arrest of five suspects and the confiscation of drugs, cash and guns.
According to Capt. Chris Bish, Investigations Division, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, on Friday officers executed a “no knock” search warrant at a house on Farrar Road in Newborn and simultaneously raided a house in Jasper County. Bish said they found meth, marijuana, $2,600 in cash and assorted firearms.
Arrested in Morgan County were Jose Torees Hernandez, 27, Newborn; Jorge Dela Trinidad, 27, Newborn and Gerardo Martinez, 25, Newborn. All three men were charged with possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
All three men remain incarcerated at the Morgan County Detention Center. No bond has been set, Bish said.
The arrests came after a month of investigation that included several controlled buys of methamphetamine from the men, Bish alleged. Bish said the group was a growing narcotic concern in the area. “They were on the rise. They were becoming a significant group.”
Officers raided the two residences at 5:20 a.m. The men were arrested without incident.
Bish also said spurs used for cock fighting were also confiscated at the Farrar Road residence.
He said the joint investigation between the three law enforcement groups was a continued effort to stave off drug sales in the region. “We’re trying to rid the area of methamphetamine,” he said.