FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A federal grand jury has indicted the man believed to be in large part responsible for what the DEA called, “the most significant marijuana seizure in northeast Indiana in several years.”
The US Attorney’s Office announced Thursday that the single count indictment charging Martin Gonzalez Medina, 50, of Indianapolis with possessing with the intent to distribute marijuana was returned by the Grand Jury on Wednesday.
The DEA believes Medina orchestrated the delivery of more than one ton of marijuana to a Fort Wayne warehouse on April 28, 2014. The pot was hidden in 12 appliance freezers and the warehouse served as a front for a phony business.
The Fort Wayne Police Department Emergency Services Team entered the warehouse on April 28 as the freezers packed with around 2,160 pounds of pot were being delivered. Police estimated the street value of the pot to be $1.7 million.
The DEA said the pot had been grown in Mexico and was then transported via Texas to Fort Wayne.
The four year long investigation involved a confidential source who had previously bought pot from Median and cell phone records were used to link him to the shipments.
According to US Attorney’s Office the Drug Enforcement Administration, Indiana State Police, Fort Wayne Police Department, IMAGE Drug Task Force, Noble County Sheriff’s Department, and Steuben County Sheriff’s Department all took part in the investigation. The case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony W. Geller.