Indianapolis, Indiana – In a significant legal development in Indianapolis, Manuel L. Brown has been convicted for his involvement in trafficking methamphetamine while heavily armed. This conviction, handed down by a federal jury on Friday, marks a major step in the fight against drug-related crimes in the area.
The case against Brown began unfolding on September 3, 2020, when Fishers police noticed a Dodge Caravan committing multiple traffic violations. The vehicle, driven by Brown, initially seemed to be involved in routine traffic offenses. However, the situation quickly escalated when a K-9 unit was brought in and detected the presence of drugs.
A thorough search of Brown’s van led to the discovery of a glass pipe with meth residue in the center console. But the findings didn’t stop there. Officers also uncovered an alarming array of weaponry: four firearms, including three revolvers and a pistol, with two of these guns being loaded. In addition, a substantial quantity of illegal substances was found, including 214 grams of methamphetamine, 20 grams of heroin and fentanyl, along with multiple boxes of ammunition.
Further investigations revealed more incriminating evidence against Brown. He was found in possession of $1,750 in cash, plastic bags, and digital scales, which are often indicative of drug trafficking activities. Cell phone records were particularly damning, showing numerous messages related to drug trafficking. These messages were accompanied by photos showing drugs on scales and firearms, painting a clear picture of Brown’s involvement in illegal activities.
At the time of his arrest, it was noted that Brown had a previous conviction for felony criminal confinement, adding to the gravity of his situation.
U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, Zachary A. Myers, commented on the case, emphasizing the dangers of illegal firearms and drugs. He stated, “Illegal guns and deadly drugs are a scourge on our neighborhoods, and armed drug traffickers like this defendant will continue to be a priority for federal prosecution.”
The sentencing date for Brown has not been set yet.