Prosecutor: Fentanyl, guns, $32K in cash seized in St. Joseph Co. drug bust
The St. Joseph County Drug Investigations Unit arrested 5 people connected to a drug trafficking ring.
Investigators seized more than 100 grams of fentanyl, plus smaller amounts of cocaine, heroin, and meth.
They also found $32,000 plus 7 weapons and ammunition.
The county drug unit made the arrests with help from the ATF, DEA and other local law enforcement agencies.
The following release was issued Friday night by the St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office:
St. Joseph County –Today the St. Joseph County Drug Investigations Unit (DIU), in conjunction with the assistance of several law enforcement agencies, executed 4 search warrants and arrested 5 individuals in connection with an ongoing investigation into an alleged drug trafficking ring. In the process, DIU investigators seized over 100 grams of Fentanyl and over $32,000 in cash, as well as other drugs, firearms, and ammunition.
The agencies who participated in the execution of these warrants are: the South Bend Police Department; South Bend Police Department SWAT Team; Mishawaka Police Department; the St. Joseph County Police Department; the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); and the St. Joseph County Metro SWAT Unit.
Search warrants were executed this morning at the following addresses:
• 726 S. Liberty, South Bend
• 314 S. Illinois, South Bend
• 114 N. Illinois, South Bend
• 2001 Lincolnway West, South Bend
As a result of the search warrants, DIU investigators recovered (picture attached):
• 7 Firearms, including 6 handguns and 1 rifle
• Over 100 grams of Fentanyl
• Over $32,000 cash
• Cocaine; Heroin; Methamphetamine; and Marijuana
The following individuals were arrested today:
• Richard Lamont Howard, Jr., 24, of Chicago, Illinois
• Jaronna Jermanae Groves, 21, of South Bend
• Kenshon Wright, 23, of South Bend
• Rashee Santana Herron, a.k.a. Joelic Heron, 26, of South Bend
• Damone McFerren, 22, of South Bend
-Richard Lamont Howard, Jr. was arrested on a warrant in connection with 71D01-1807-F5-000139, Dealing in a Narcotic Drug, a Level 5 Felony.
-Jaronna Jermanae Groves was arrested on a warrant in connection with 71D08-1807-F4-000049, Dealing in a Narcotic Drug, a Level 4 Felony.
-Kenshon Wright was arrested on a warrant in connection with 71D08-1807-F5-000141,Dealing in a Narcotic Drug, a Level 5 Felony.
-Rashee Santana Herron was arrested on a warrant and subsequently charged in 71D02-1807-F2-000013 with Dealing in a Narcotic Drug, a Level 2 Felony.
-Damone McFerren was arrested on a warrant and subsequently charged in 71D03-1807-F5-000142 with two counts of Dealing in a Narcotic, each a Level 5 Felony.