PLYMOUTH MAN SENTENCED TO TWENTY-TWO YEARS IN PRISON FOR DEALING IN HEROIN
LOGANSPORT – Noah Schafer, the Cass County Prosecuting Attorney, announced that Derrell Price, 43, of Plymouth, Indiana was sentenced to twenty-two years in the Indiana Department of Correction for felony Dealing in a Narcotic Drug (Heroin) and Neglect of a Dependent. The sentencing was in Cass Superior Court 1 with Judge James Muehlhausen presiding. Chief Deputy Prosecutor Tom Lupke handled the case.
The Dealing and Neglect charges stemmed from a February of 2016 investigation by the Cass County Drug Task Force. According to court records, law enforcement had made multiple undercover purchases of heroin from Price. When officers arrested Price on the drug transactions, they also searched Price’s residence. Two adult females and two infant females were present in the residence when law enforcement arrived on scene. During the search, officers located approximately two ounces of heroin, a substantial portion of which was packaged for distribution, as well as cocaine. In December of 2016, Price pleaded guilty to Dealing in a Narcotic Drug and Neglect of a Dependent before Judge Rick Maughmer in Cass Superior Court 2.
Price failed to appear for sentencing on February 27, 2017 and a warrant issued for his arrest. Price was eventually located during an unrelated investigation in Plymouth, Indiana which resulted in criminal charges including Dealing in Marijuana. The suspect gave the name Francis Allen at the time of his arrest, but was eventually identified as Derrell Price and returned to Cass County to be sentenced.
According to Court records, Price’s criminal history includes prior felony convictions in the state of Illinois for Burglary in 1999, and the state of Indiana for Burglary in 2006 and Attempted Burglary in 2010.
Prosecutor Noah Schafer commented after the sentencing: “Although Mr. Price ran for a while, he couldn’t hide forever. His case is a good lesson that the consequences of dealing will eventually catch up with criminals, and law enforcement in Cass County is committed to making those consequences serious.”