2 arrested on drug charges

Police respond to complaints about heavy traffic at residence

Two local residents were arrested after Bartholomew County’s Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team served a search warrant in the 4100 block of County Road 500N, southwest of Taylorsville.

An investigation about the residence began after multiple complaints from the public about an unusual amount of traffic going in an out of the home and calls about shots being fired. Several theft and burglary investigations also led police to the home, police said.

Columbus Police Department SWAT team members served the search warrant at 4110 W. County Road 500N at 8 a.m. Thursday and arrested Jeremy D. Streeval, 32, whose address was given as 211 N. Kyle St., Edinburgh, and Debin Gabbard, 27, who lived at the residence, on multiple drug-related charges. Deputies said Streeval also was living at the County Road 500N address.

Each was charged with:

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  • Theft
  • Dealing in heroin
  • Dealing in marijuana
  • Dealing in methamphetamine
  • Possession of marijuana
  • Possession of methamphetamine
  • Possession of paraphernalia
  • Maintaining a common nuisance

After weapons were found inside the residence, Streeval also was charged with possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

Streeval and Gabbard are being held without bond in the Bartholomew County Jail, jail officials said.

During the search of the home, investigators found a large number of stolen items, including two vehicles, an all-terrain vehicle, a go-kart, a handgun, large amounts of electronics, a television, lawn equipment and tools.

According to investigators, individuals living and visiting at the residence are responsible for dealing large amounts of methamphetamine and heroin and have been involved in numerous burglaries, thefts and vehicle thefts, a news release about the arrests said.

The residents also are believed to have ties to the Aryan Brotherhood, described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as the nation’s oldest major white supremacist prison gang and a national crime syndicate.

More arrests are anticipated, deputies said, because JNET investigators have identified more than two dozen individuals who have visited the home.

Assisting in the arrests were Columbus police officers, county sheriff’s deputies, Indiana State Police, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Edinburgh Police Department.

The Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team is a combined unit of the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, Columbus Police Department and the Bartholomew County Prosecutor’s Office, targeting the manufacturing and abuse of dangerous drugs in Columbus and Bartholomew County. The Columbus Police Department SWAT team consists of city police officers and sheriff’s deputies.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.