TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - A multi-agency task force dismantled a Terre Haute methamphetamine ring Saturday that was responsible for distributing more than $1 million worth of the drug across Indiana, according to police.
Officers from the Indiana State Police, DEA and the Vigo County Drug Task Force arrested five individuals Saturday as the result of a four-month investigation.
Marcus McKinley Pizzola, 35, of Terre Haute, is accused of importing 4-pound shipments of methamphetamine twice a month from suppliers in Georgia, police said. Pizzola then transported the meth to Vigo County for distribution by mid-level and street-level dealers.
State police say Pizzola distributed more than 50 pounds of meth, with an estimated street value in excess of $1.1 million, over the past eight months.
Pizzola was arrested Saturday on U.S. 41 in Vigo County on a return trip from Atlanta, Georgia. Inside his vehicle, police say they found 3-and-a-half pounds of methamphetamine and one pound of marijuana.
Police also executed search warrants on four accused associates of Pizzola, netting a total of 4 pounds of methamphetamine, 4 pounds of marijuana, $12,000 and 12 firearms. The marijuana was estimated at a street value of $16,000.
Along with Pizzola, suspects preliminarily charged with felony dealing methamphetamine were: Stacy L. Holden, 32, Terre Haute; Robert E. Richey Sr., 54, West Terre Haute; Steven Scank, 42, West Terre Haute; and Jon Bryan, 48, Terre Haute.
Additional charges were expected to be filed against all five, according to police.