Police: Cocaine, cash found at motel

Police found cash and a significant amount of cocaine packaged to be shipped and sold in a Greenwood motel room this week.

Even the cash was bundled up and wrapped in plastic and ready to be shipped, police said. The bust was the largest for Greenwood police in years, Greenwood Police Assistant Chief Matt Fillenwarth said.

Officers from the Greenwood Police Department, Indiana State Police, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Marshals all went to the Red Roof Inn on Sheek Road at 5 p.m. Tuesday to serve a search warrant for a federal investigation, Prosecutor Brad Cooper said.

Dewayne L. Lewis, 40, of 1115 Thornwood Drive, Greenwood, was arrested on a charge of dealing cocaine.

Inside Lewis’ room, police found a large amount of drugs and cash. Police were still counting the cash and processing the drugs Wednesday, according to a news release from Greenwood police.

Details about exactly what was found and what prompted the investigation weren’t available Wednesday. Court records, including the search warrant that was used to raid the motel Tuesday, were sealed and not accessible to the public.

Those records hadn’t been released as of Wednesday evening.

Lewis was arrested on a Level 2 felony charge for dealing cocaine, the most serious charge a person can face for dealing cocaine. Suspects can face a more serious charge based on the amount of drugs found, with a Level 2 charge requiring a person to be caught with more than 28 grams, or between 10 and 28 grams with other enhancing factors.

Lewis could face 10 to 30 years in prison, if convicted.

Police aren’t stating what amount of drugs had been confiscated but indicated the amount could be several kilograms — 1,000 grams each.

Lewis hasn’t had criminal charges filed against him in Johnson County before but was convicted of robbery in Allen County in 1997. He served about three years of a 10-year sentence before being released in May 2000, according to Indiana Department of Correction records.

Lewis was held at the Johnson County jail on $30,000 bond.

Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at agoeller@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2718.