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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Southern District of Indiana
For Immediate Release
Zachary A. Myers, United States Attorney
www.justice.gov/usao-sdin
Friday, December 8, 2023

Seven More Defendants Charged in Prosecution of Central Indiana Dog Fighting and Drug Trafficking Conspiracies

INDIANAPOLIS — In September, 21 individuals were charged in a federal indictment alleging trafficking of fentanyl, methamphetamine and cocaine; money laundering; illegally possessing firearms; and dog fighting.

On Dec. 6, execution of additional search warrants in Indianapolis and Anderson resulted in seven additional arrests related to the September indictment. Federal agents also seized 12 firearms, significant quantities of controlled substances, over $42,075 in cash, dog fighting paraphernalia and approximately 75 dogs. The following Indianapolis and Anderson men were each charged with conspiracy to engage in an animal fighting venture:

  • Ryan Hicks, 37
  • Willie Lee, 47
  • Marven Carswell, 71
  • Ernest Young, 49
  • Brent Hutchinson, 43
  • Robert Hamer, 41
  • Daymond Mason, 49

If convicted, each defendant charged with conspiracy to engage in an animal fighting venture faces up to 5 years in federal prison. The following investigative agencies collaborated to make this investigation and the recent warrant executions possible:

  • FBI - Indianapolis
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture - Office of Inspector General
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
  • Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation
  • Indiana Gaming Commission
  • Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department

Zachary A. Myers, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michelle P. Brady and Adam J. Eakman, who are prosecuting this case.

An indictment or criminal complaint is merely an allegation, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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