The following press release is from the Bluffton Police Department. It will also be in print in the Thursday, Dec. 14, News-Banner:

On Thursday, December 14, 2017, a pre-dawn briefing was held at the Bluffton Police Department as law enforcement officers from the Wells County Sheriff’s Office and the Bluffton Police Department were given their assignments. Warrants for 14 individuals were issued through Wells County Courts with the assistance and guidance from the Wells County Prosecutor’s Office. Officers fanned out to serve the warrants shortly after 6:00 am.

This operation was the result of a five-month investigation conducted by the DETECT Drug Task Force, a multi-jurisdictional effort consisting of officers from the Bluffton Police Department, the Wells County Sheriff’s Department, the Decatur Police Department, the Adams County Sheriff’s Department and the Berne Police Department. The investigations were led by Detective Andrew Ellis of the Bluffton Police D epartment. The covert operation resulted in purchases of Methamphetamine, Cocaine, Heroin, Narcotic Drugs and Prescription Medications. The charges range from a Class A Misdemeanor to a Level 3 Felony, which prior to 2014 would have ranged from a class D Felony to a class B Felony.

Operation Breaking Traditions is named due to several of the arrestees being subjects who are related to one another either as family or are simply related by their prescriber. Operation Breaking Traditions is geared at ending the ongoing traditions that are practiced in the drug trade, of passing the network down from one generation to the next. All of the agencies involved with the DETECT Drug Task force are committed to continual enforcement of drug laws to protect our communities and curb crime which stems from drug related issues.

All of the charges are merely accusations and the persons arrested are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.

Those arrested include:

Michael Pearson, 22 years old, Bluffton SERVED

I. Dealing Cocaine, Level 3 Felony

II. Dealing Cocaine, Level 4 Felony

Jacob Bowman, 24 years old, Bluffton SERVED

I. Dealing a Narcotic Drug, Level 4 Felony

II. Dealing Schedule IV Controlled Substance, Level 4 Felony

III. Dealing Schedule IV Controlled Substance, Level 3 Felony

Ronald Evans, 56 years old, Bluffton SERVED

I. Dealing Narcotic Drug, Level 4 Felony

II. Dealing Schedule IV Controlled Substance, Level 6 Felony

III. Dealing Narcotic Drug, Level 5 Felony

Stephanie Jarrett, 23 years old, Bluffton SERVED

I. Dealing Methamphetamine, Level 4 Felony

II. Theft, Class A Misdemeanor

Bernard Eguia, 47 years old, Bluffton SERVED

I. Dealing Methamphetamine, Level 5 Felony

II. Dealing Methamphetamine, Level 5 Felony

III. Dealing Methamphetamine, Level 5 Felony

Margaret LaPeer, 58 years old, Bluffton SERVED

I. Dealing Schedule IV Controlled Substance, Class A Misdemeanor

II. Dealing Schedule IV Controlled Substance, Level 5 Felony

III. Dealing Schedule IV Controlled Substance, Level 5 Felony

James Shinpaugh, 45 years old, Bluffton SERVED

I. Dealing Schedule IV Controlled Substance, Level 6 Felony

II. Legend Drug Deception, Level 6 Felony

David Donahoe, 25 years old, Bluffton INDIANA DOC

I. Dealing Schedule IV Controlled Substance, Level 6 Felony

II. Theft, Class A Misdemeanor

Police are still seeking the following individuals with outstanding arrest warrants:

Tiffany Sadnick, 23 years old, Bluffton

I. Dealing Narcotic Drug, a Level 4 Felony

II. Dealing Schedule IV Controlled Substance, Level 4 Felony

III. Dealing Schedule IV Controlled Substance, Level 3 Felony

David Eckelbarger II, 47 years old, Bluffton

I. Dealing Narcotic Drug, Level 4 Felony

II. D ealing Schedule IV Controlled Substance, Class A Misdemeanor

Morgan Zanzinger, 37 years old, Bluffton

I. Dealing Narcotic Drug, Level 4 Felony

II. Dealing Schedule IV Controlled Substance, Class A Misdemeanor

Robert Donahoe Jr., 47 years old, Bluffton

I. Dealing Narcotic Drug, Level 5 Felony

II. Dealing Narcotic Drug, Level 5 Felony

Kristin Donahoe, 37 years old, Bluffton

I. Maintaining Common Nuisance, Level 6 Felony

Robert Donahoe III, 26 years old, Montpelier

I. Dealing Schedule III Controlled Substance, Level 6 Felony

II. Dealing Schedule III Controlled Substance, Level 5 Felony

The public is asked to call the Bluffton Police Department at 260.824.3320 if you have any information on the above listed individuals.

Again, the criminal charges are merely accusations and all persons arrested are presumed innocent until and unless they are proven guilty in a court of law.