Massive drug bust nets 15, crack cocaine found

Officers conducted a drug raid at Broadway & Michigan on Tuesday, June 27.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A massive drug raid Tuesday night netted 9.3 grams of crack cocaine, according to FWPD Spokesman Sgt. Mark Brooks.

FWPD Capt. Kevin Hunter, who leads the vice and narcotics division of the Fort Wayne Police Department, initially told NewsChannel 15 that 14 people were found inside apartments at 1119 Michigan Avenue and 1119 ½ Michigan Avenue around 9:00 p.m. That number was revised to 15 early Wednesday morning.

Brooks said four people were initially charged with felonies: Edward E. McGuire Jr., Thomas B. Patton, Jennifer A Cavinder, and Stephania Twilley. Their charges included:

  • McGuire Jr.: maintaining a common nuisance
  • Patton: dealing in cocaine or narcotic drug and visiting a common nuisance
  • Cavinder: maintaining a common nuisance
  • Twilley: maintaining a common nuisance

The eleven other individuals were initially charged with misdemeanor visiting a common nuisance. Police have not released their names.

Hunter said the raid was conducted as part of a month-long investigation into drug activity at the residences. Search warrants were executed in the upstairs and downstairs apartment.

The 15 individuals found inside the homes were placed outside and in handcuffs. They were eventually taken to the Allen County Jail.

The investigation is ongoing, but Brooks said investigators recovered a stolen .40 caliber handgun, 9.3 grams of crack cocaine, and $600 cash. Brooks said the crack cocaine was individually packaged in small plastic bags possibly for individual sale.

A law enforcement source told NewsChannel 15 paramedics and police had been called to the area multiple times for drug overdoses. The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the investigation. It’s unclear if the overdose issues, sometimes where people would be left outside, spurred the investigation.

Tuesday night’s raid happened near Broadway next to a railroad overpass. Hunter said neighbors should be pleased with the results.

Anyone with tips for Fort Wayne police involving drugs can call (260) 427-1262.

An earlier version of this story indicated a police captain believed marijuana and heroin were found inside the home. It has been corrected to indicate a police spokesman saying only crack cocaine was found during the execution of the search warrants.