Raid targets ‘family’ drug operation in Gary
Post-Tribune staff report January 3, 2014 5:18PM
Charlie Edwards, raid in Gary.
Updated: February 5, 2014 6:04AM
GARY — Police raided two adjacent homes in Glen Park on Thursday, arresting four adults in the conclusion of an investigation into a “family” drug operation involving a mother, her daughter, paralyzed son and a family friend.
Seven children, ages 7 to 14, who were divided between the two houses were placed in foster care, Lt. Thomas Ruzga said.
Lillian Edwards, 57, of 1010 E. 49th Ave., her son, Charles Dutch Edwards, 34, and his friend, Chaz J. Trimble, 20, were charged Friday with one count each of dealing in cocaine.
Deangela Edwards, 35, who lives with her brother and Trimble at 1018 E. 49th Ave., was charged with maintaining a common nuisance. Most of the children were at this home.
Other charges may be filed in connection with the investigation, police said.
The investigation began with an anonymous tip about suspicious activity at the two addresses, police said.
An undercover informant made a series of cocaine purchases from 1010 E. 49th Ave. and 1018 E. 49th Ave., often shuttling back and forth from the mother’s home to her son’s, where he “cooked” the cocaine to make crack, the probable cause affidavit states.
The SWAT team entered the homes simultaneously and struck one uncooperative suspect with a stun gun, Ruzga said. Police shot a guard dog during the raid.
At 1010 E. 49th Ave., Lillian Edwards sold the informant marijuana and “facilitated the purchase of cocaine” by calling her son next door and describing the customer, Narcotics-Vice Unit Detective Jeston Walker said.
At Lillian’s home, police seized six bags of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, including material to package the pot, Walker said.
At her children’s home, police located 17 bags of marijuana, four digital scales, paraphernalia and more than $1,200.
Charles Edwards has been paralyzed from the neck down for about 10 years after he was injured in a car crash.