Operation Big Brother Comes To A Close

The Dubois County Prosecutors office says Operation Big Brother has come to a conclusion as the last remaining defendant of the massive raid pled guilty today of charges stemming for his case.

This morning, the Dubois County Prosecutor’s Office entered into a plea agreement with 29-year old Brian Perez of Huntingburg.  The agreement calls for Perez to serve a 15 year prison sentence at the Indiana Department of Correction for Dealing in Methamphetamine as a Class B felony.

Per the agreement Perez has also been ordered to pay $590 in restitution to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Community Strike Fund.

On June 5th of 2014, 16 individuals charged with various drug dealing offenses were arrested

as part of the drug raid known as Operation Big Brother an operation that was spearheaded by the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department and the Dubois County Prosecutor’s Office.

Perez’s case was the final case to be resolved as part of the operation.

On October 13th of this year 24-year old Brock  Gill of Jasper, another individual arrested as part of Operation Big Brother, entered into a plea agreement that resolved several cases he had pending out of the Dubois County Superior Court.

In total, Gill is receiving a 7 year prison sentence at the Indiana Department of Correction for Dealing in Methamphetamine as a Class B felony, followed by a 2 and a half year sentence on Work Release for Attempted Auto Theft as a Level 6 felony. He also will receive an additional 2 year prison sentence if he fails to testify truthfully against a co-defendant in another pending drug dealing case.

Gill is required to pay $180 in restitution to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Community Strike Fund.

Both Mr. Perez and Mr. Gill are set for sentencing on November 25th.

In total, the 16 Operation Big Brother cases have resulted in sentences totaling 165 and a half years, with 135 years of jail time.

In a news release Dubois County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Beth Sermersheim says she is pleased with the outcome of Operation Big Brother.

Sermersheim says the prosecutor’s office as well as local law enforcement want to continue to send a message to drug dealers in the community that they know who you are, they are watching you, and they will continue to pursue criminal charges against those offenders.

Sermersheim and Narcotics Officer John Anderson also led “Operation Double Trouble,” the second drug raid completed as a joint effort between the Dubois County Prosecutor’s Office and the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

In total, in 2 rounds of arrests, 18 individuals were served with arrest warrants for drug dealing charges in Dubois and Spencer Counties as part of Operation Double Trouble.

On October 27th, 31-year old Stuart Noffsinger of Richland, who was arrested as part of this operation, pled guilty to Dealing in Methamphetamine as a Level 3 felony.

Noffsinger is receiving a 14 year prison sentence at the Indiana Department of Correction. He is also required to pay $580 in restitution to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Community Strike Fund.  Noffsinger is set for sentencing on November 19th.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department and the Prosecutor’s Office say they plan to continue to jointly carry out large-scale drug operations, and they are currently in the midst of their third operation.

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