Members of Anderson and Indianapolis drug trafficking organization indicted by federal grand jury


Defendants distributed methamphetamine and marijuana in the Southern District of Indiana

Date: February 7, 2020


Indianapolis – Federal charges against five individuals, who are alleged to have operated a drug trafficking organization, in Anderson, Ind. and Indianapolis. The defendants were indicted on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and marijuana, distribution of methamphetamine and marijuana, and unlawful use of a communication facility.

Those charged federally include:

  • Charles House, 37, Anderson, Ind.
  • Sean Brown, 25, Anderson, Ind.
  • Tommy Compton, 39, Indianapolis
  • Marcus Hayes-Patterson, 34, Anderson, Ind.
  • Gregory Hendricks, 34, Anderson, Ind.

In October 2018, the Madison County Drug Task Force initiated an investigation into Charles House's drug trafficking organization. House traveled to California to purchase narcotics and then mailed the narcotics to multiple addresses in Anderson with connections to House. The drugs were then redistributed by co-conspirators Brown, Hayes-Patterson, and Hendricks in Anderson. Compton was House's Indianapolis source of supply for marijuana. Defendants facilitated their drug trafficking activities through the use of cellular phones and often used code words to try to conceal their illegal activities. 

This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Postal Inspection Service, Anderson Police Department, Madison County Drug Task Force, and Muncie Police Department.

According to Assistant United States Attorney Lindsay E. Karwoski, who is prosecuting this case for the government, House and Brown face up to life in prison if convicted. Hendricks faces up to 40 years imprisonment if convicted. Hayes-Patterson and Compton face up to 20 years imprisonment if convicted.

An indictment is only a charge and not evidence of guilt. All defendants are considered innocent until proven otherwise in federal court.