Bowling Green man accused as ‘leader’ of drug trafficking organization based out of Evansville

John Byers, arrested and accused of being the 'leader' of a drug organization out of Evansville.
John Byers, arrested and accused of being the 'leader' of a drug organization out of Evansville.(WBKO)
Published: Jun. 30, 2022 at 11:41 AM CDT
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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO/WFIE) - WBKO News is learning more information after an intense drug arrest in Bowling Green Wednesday morning.

Bowling Green Police and Drug Enforcement Administration officers served an arrest warrant on Highland Way where police said John Byers lived.

Byers is one of 12 people arrested on conspiracy to distribute meth and cocaine charges.

Authorities say Byers of Bowling Green, was the leader of a drug trafficking organization based out of Evansville that distributed large quantities of methamphetamine and cocaine around southern Indiana.

Twelve individuals were arrested on conspiracy to distribute meth and cocaine charges. Some also face additional charges of firearm possession by convicted felons.

According to a press release from the United States Attorney’s Office Southern District of Indiana, 10 of those 12 people are from Evansville.

“The important message here is our job is to go out there and investigate and dismantle drug trafficking organizations and that’s exactly what happened in this investigation,” Gannon said.

The indictment alleges that multiple members of this drug trafficking ring were already convicted felons who illegally possessed firearms.

Authorities say they have seized approximately 35 pounds of methamphetamine and approximately 45 grams of cocaine.

“Obviously it involved significant amounts of methamphetamine and cocaine,” Gannon said.

Gannon says they uncovered 11 guns while executing search warrants.

“This case was the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Evansville-Vanderburgh County Drug Task Force, the Evansville Police Department, the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office, the Indiana State Police and the Bowling Green Kentucky Police Department. The Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office provided invaluable assistance,” according to a release from the agencies.

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