Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

January 21, 2014

Stakeout, pursuit net two arrests, four kilos of heroin

Suspects followed through four counties

Boris Ladwig CNHI News Service
The Batesville Herald-Tribune

---- — GREENSBURG – After a stakeout at a Greensburg hotel and tailing suspected drug dealers through four counties, police arrested two people after recovering four kilograms of heroin, with a street value of about $320,000.

Late last Wednesday afternoon, Indiana State Police and Greensburg Police departments had set up surveillance at a Greensburg hotel, after receiving information about a large amount of drugs. Shortly before midnight, a pickup truck with two occupants arrived at the hotel, and one of them got into a car police had under surveillance. Both vehicles left, with police following clandestinely.

Police followed the vehicles through Franklin and Ripley counties into Dearborn County, where they stopped both vehicles near the 163 mile marker because of a traffic violation. The driver of the car ran away, but police discovered four kilos of heroin in the vehicle. The driver of the pickup, Kurt Holmes, 23, of Springdale, Ohio, was arrested.

Shortly thereafter, Greensburg PD arrested Luis R. Magallon, 32, of Roselle, Ill., at the Greensburg hotel.

Sgt. Noel Houze, public information officer for the Indiana State Police Post in Versailles, said the heroin bust was the biggest the post has seen in a while — though police have dealt with the effects of heroin, including overdoses and smaller quantities, for about four or five years.

“Heroin has made a comeback,” Houze said.

Detective Bill Meyerrose, of Greensburg PD, said two officers assisted ISP from about 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., including on the surveillance of the hotel and car.

Holmes may face charges of possession of a controlled substance, though ISP said other charges are possible. Magallon may face charges of dealing in heroin and conspiracy to deal in heroin, both Class A felonies that carry a maximum sentence of 50 years in prison. Both suspects were taken to Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center, where they were being held without bond, pending further charges.

Houze said police have identified the individual who fled but are not yet releasing his name.

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