The Herald Bulletin

August 28, 2013

Pendleton inmate mentioned in federal drug trafficking conviction

By Jack Molitor
The Herald Bulletin

INDIANAPOLIS — A Pendleton Correctional Facility inmate was part of an Indiana inmate ring that was involved with drug trafficking, according to the U.S. Attorney's office in Indianapolis.

Charles Cole, 40, who is serving a prison sentence for robbery and other crimes, was charged with conspiring to manufacture and sell methamphetamine.

As part of the alleged ring, Michael Foley, 32, and Russell Yerden, 45, were sentenced to 25 years and 27 years and three months, respectively, by U.S. District Judge Sarah E. Barker, according to a release from U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett's office.

The convictions are part of the prosecution of 40 people from across the state who were allegedly involved in the ring. According to the charging document filed in 2012, the operation was largely run by Oscar Perez, 27, who was a prisoner at the Westville Control Unit at the time. Perez was assisted by Justin Addler from the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility and Cole.

According to the release, Yerden and Foley were both charged with conspiring with those men to manufacture and sell methamphetamine. The indictment cites telephone conversations between Yerden and the other trackers discussing transportation of meth from Elkhart to Indianapolis.

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