News Release
January 22, 2009
Contact: Joanna Zoltay
Number: 312-886-2597

Two More Defendants Indicted in Terre Haute Methamphetamine Trafficking Case

JAN 22 -- January 21 – (Terre Haute, IN) A federal grand jury returned a superseding indictment today in the matter of United States v. Vicki Shaw, et al , a DEA investigation into methamphetamine trafficking in the Terre Haute area. The current indictment increases the number of defendants indicted in the Shaw prosecution to 13 and the number of defendants indicted in the overall investigation to 22. The superseding indictment alleges that Gary L. Herman, Jr., 38, and Melissa D. Swayze, 31, both residents of Terre Haute, served as methamphetamine distributors.

Herman and Swayze were arrested following the execution of a federal search warrant at their residence on December 11, 2008. Herman and Swayze purportedly lived together in a residence on the 3100 block of North 26 Street in Terre Haute. State charges were filed against Herman and Swayze on the morning of their arrest and they both remain in custody on the state charges.

The indictment was the result of a joint investigation led by the Evansville office of the DEA. Assisting agencies included the Vigo County Drug Task Force, Indiana State Police, the FBI, ATF, U.S. Marshal Service, and the Clay County Sheriff’s Department.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Bradley A. Blackington. Herman and Swayze, if convicted, each face the possible maximum sentence of life in prison.

The public is reminded that an indictment is an allegation only, and all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at trial or by guilty plea.