SCOTT COUNTY, Ind. (June 23, 2015)—Four people have been arrested in Clark County in connection with the HIV epidemic in southern Indiana.
Scott County Sheriff Dan McClain said Michael Elkins, 34, and Jon Morgan, 28, were arrested last week. Authorities said they were caught with a substantial amount of methamphetamine and Opana. The two also possessed an AK-47 assault rifle. The two are accused of smuggling the drugs from Georgia.
Two additional suspects—Tyler Turner and William Thrower, were arrested by Indiana State Police troopers on Saturday with a half-pound of methamphetamine.
The investigation was led by DEA, Scott County Sheriff’s Office, Indiana State Police, Scott County Prosecutors Office and the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office.
Methamphetamine and Opana are directly tied to the growing issue of drug users sharing dirty needles, causing a HIV outbreak that has infected over 160 people in Scott County.
Sheriff McClain encourages the citizens of Scott County to report any suspicious activity, including drug activity, to the Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff McClain reminds the citizens that the Sheriff’s Office maintains several options for reporting criminal activity including the department’s website, facebook, and a tip line where callers can remain anonymous.
Tip Line: 812-752-7898