Indianapolis Man Sentenced for 2018 Drug, Firearm, and Identity Theft Arrest
Hancock County authorities arrested an Indianapolis man along Interstate 70 last November while he was selling drugs and launder money in Hancock County. George West was sentenced to 27 years in prison for an arrest made in November of 2018.
Details of the Arrest
One of the officers at the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office stopped West for erratic driving. According to court records, West, a convicted felon in California living under the name of Brandon Young, showed false identification and then became combative with the deputy. West ran from the deputy, then ended up back at the car he was driving. West tried to drive away and struck the deputy with the vehicle. The police eventually arrested him.
A Search Reveals More Drugs, Guns and Drug Contraband
Police investigators searched the vehicle and recovered cash, fake IDs, four loaded guns, about 500 grams of heroin, and more than 300 grams of methamphetamine. At that point, law enforcement officers arrested West, and he was charged with multiple crimes, including dealing methamphetamine, resisting arrest causing injury, disarming a law enforcement officer, and battery on a law enforcement officer.
The vehicle’s passenger was 22-year-old Ashley Livingston of Akron, Ohio, who police officials and the arresting officer took into custody on a preliminary charge of dealing methamphetamine. Deputies also alleged that they discovered several pounds of methamphetamine in her purse. Upon further questioning, law enforcement obtained a search warrant and began searching the West apartment.
An Investigation Discovered Additional Criminal Offenses
A further investigation into the potentially criminal activities of George West uncovered that between May 2017 and November 2018, West bought money orders with his illegal drug money to pay rent at the apartment he used for his drug dealing.
Activities to Conceal Drug Sales
In an attempt to conceal the money laundering activities stemming from drug transactions, West then used another person to sign the lease to the apartment and placed that individual on the money orders he used to pay the rent. Rent paid totaled $29,000, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The IRS, Homeland Security, DEA, IMPD, Hancock County law enforcement, and Henry County law enforcement all worked together on the investigation.
Sentencing for Committing Drug Crimes
The entire sentence that George West received was 27 years and an additional 20 years, both to be served concurrently. Mr. West must also serve five years of supervised release after he serves his prison sentence.
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