Southern District of Indiana | Armed drug dealer sentenced to 16 years in federal prison

INDIANAPOLIS — Eugene Theard, 45, of Indianapolis, has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for distributing methamphetamine and possessing five firearms to encourage drug trafficking.

According to court documents, Eugene Theard became the target of a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) investigation on May 11, 2021 after he sold 221 grams of a substance containing methamphetamine to another person for $2,300.

On June 3, 2021, Theard struck a deal to sell an additional 111 grams of methamphetamine for $1,400. At the time of this transaction, Theard was on probation for domestic violence and breach of lawful confinement. After the June 3 drug deal, parole officers from the Indiana Department of Correction conducted a compliance visit to Theard’s Indianapolis motel room. Probation officers found 382 grams of methamphetamine and five guns. Theard admitted to DEA agents that he intended to sell the drugs and owned the guns to protect his drugs and profits.

Zachary A. Myers, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, and Michael Gannon, Assistant Special Counsel for the DEA Indianapolis Field Office, made the announcement.

“The armed trade in deadly drugs encourages violence and fuels drug use disorders,” said Zachary A. Myers, US Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. “These crimes are even more unacceptable when committed by a criminal who is still on parole and clearly hasn’t learned his lesson. I commend the outstanding work being done by the DEA, IMPD, ATF and IDOC to take deadly drugs, deadly weapons and another dangerous human trafficker off our streets.”

DEA investigated this case. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Indiana Department of Correction provided valuable assistance. The verdict was handed down by US District Judge James R. Sweeney. Judge Sweeney also ordered Theard to be monitored by the US Parole Board for four years after his release from federal prison.

US Attorney Myers thanked Assistant US Attorney Jayson W. McGrath, who was prosecuting this case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence and make our neighborhoods safer for all. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a Violent Crime Reduction Strategy that strengthens PSN based on these core principles: Fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, Supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, Focus and strategic alignment of enforcement priorities and measurement of results.

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