By Gary Brock
WEST UNION - An eight-month undercover investigation has led to the indictment of 27 people in Adams County Monday on a variety of felony drug charges.
But none of those indicted by the grand jury were arrested and jailed.
Instead, according to Sheriff Kimmy Rogers, there were summons to court to face their charges.
Sheriff Rogers said the drug indictments, based on information gathered by his Criminal Investigations Unit, were part of his office’s ongoing investigation into drug activity in Adams County.
“Our detectives conducted the covert investigations at various locations throughout the county,” he said, that resulted in Prosecutor David Kelley presenting a number of cases for grand jury review.
Sheriff Rogers said 10 lived outside of the county and remain at large. It was not known by presstime if those 10 had been served. The following were the 17 from Adams County of those 27 indicted and summoned to court;
Claude Clifford for Trafficking in Drugs
2. Victor Pence for Trafficking in Marijuana
3. Wesley Simpson for Illegal Manufacturing of Drugs
4. Corey Tackett for Possession of Heroin and Trafficking in Heroin
5. Heather Grooms for Trafficking in Heroin
6. Brady Hull for Trafficking in Drugs
7. Kriss Lacy for Possession of Heroin
8. Shannon Ratermann for Trafficking in Heroin
9. Tara Shelton for Possession of Heroin
10. Dave Adams for Trafficking in Marijuana
11. Penny Collins for Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs (2) and Permitting Drug Abuse
12. Jeffrey L. Ingram for Aggravated Trafficking in drugs with specification
13. Donald Crase for Weapons under disability with specification, Trafficking in Marijuana with specification, and Cultivation of Marijuana with specification
14. Mary Williams for Theft of Dangerous Drugs
15. Michael Collins for Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs (2)
16. Holly Carter for Possession of Heroin
17. Zachary McKee for Possession of Heroin
Sheriff Rogers said the reason none of the 27 indicted on the felony drug charges were handed a summons to appear in courtr rather than arrested was because “we had nowhere to put any of them if we had arrested them.”
He said that on Tuesday, there were 55 inmates in the county jail, 17 women and 38 men. The jail’s listed capacity is 38.
“We pretty much stay over capacity all the time,” Sheriff Rogers said. “It is an inconvenience, but we just have to deal with it.” He said there has been little discussion of building a new jail because “We are just not financially capable of building a new jail.”
He said that if his deputies had arrested any of the 27 people indicted this week on the drug charges, the only other option would have been to house them in a jail in another county.
“At $60 a day, per person, that would be $1,620 to house those people in another jail - each day. We can’t afford that, either,” he said.
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The investigation remains on going. Further cases may be presented at a later date, according to Sheriff Rogers.