Man charged with dealing meth after raid

SWEETWATER LAKE — A Franklin Police Department SWAT team and other officers from Brown and Johnson counties confiscated guns, $9,000 in cash and more than $10,000 worth of drugs from an Antelope Drive home April 27.

According to the police report, confidential informants had reported Randall Brown, 52, as a “major methamphetamine supplier in Johnson County and surrounding areas” and said he also dealt drugs out of his home.

On April 25, an informant purchased methamphetamine from Brown in Johnson County, the report said.

Brown was arrested April 27 as he got out of a Camaro on nearby Sweetwater Drive, after the SWAT team had secured the house in the 6400 block of Antelope.

In the home, police reported finding less than a pound of methamphetamine, worth about $12,000; marijuana; oxycodone pills which weren’t prescribed to anyone at the home; 10 guns; and $9,000 in the master bedroom.

Drugs and paraphernalia also were found in two teenagers’ bedrooms, the report said. A juvenile had been in the car with Brown when police arrested him; Brown was carrying $245 at the time, police said.

The children’s mother arrived during the search and initially denied knowing any drug activity was going on but later admitted to seeing Brown exchange drugs for money in Brown County, Franklin and Indianapolis, the report said.

When asked about the drugs and paraphernalia in one teen’s bedroom and paraphernalia in the other, she told police that “she allows her children … (to) smoke marijuana at the house because she does not think it’s that bad and if they are going to use drugs, she prefer it to be marijuana,” the report said. Police did not interview either child.

Brown was charged April 28 with dealing in methamphetamine, a Level 2 felony; and possession of meth and maintaining a common nuisance, both Level 6 felonies.

He was taken to the Johnson County jail and held on $30,000 bond.

About 30 officers participated in the bust, Franklin Police Deputy Chief Chris Tennell said.

“This was a large-scale dealer and one of the largest seizures of methamphetamine in Johnson County that I can remember,” Tennell said. “Are there bigger fish out there? Yes. But, as far as Franklin goes, this was a large quantity.”