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The sheriff’s department reports plain clothes officers set up surveillance at a Shoals gas station. They report the buyer got into a truck driven by Cary Clifton, 36, of Shoals. They went to a liquor store where the sale of methamphetamine was completed. When the buyer stepped out of the truck Clifton attempted to leave when he was intercepted by plain clothes and uniformed officers. He was arrested without incident and faces charges of dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

The sheriff’s department reports then early Sunday morning Roush and Greene conducted another stop in rural Martin County, east of Loogootee where they arrested Juan Avalos, 34, of Huntingburg. Authorities say they recovered 11 grams of meth, almost 70 grams of marijuana and a semi-automatic pistol. Avalos was jailed on charges of dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance, dealing marijuana and possession of a firearm without a permit.

On Sunday evening deputies were conducting a narcotics investigation on the west side of Loogootee when Deputy Tyler Reed reported observing a vehicle leave the suspect’s residence and commit a moving violation. The vehicle continued toward Park Street where Deputy Cody Shinn observed a second moving violation. Shinn conducted a traffic stop. He reported he could smell alcohol on the driver’s breath and that her speech was slurred. The driver, Rejan Allen, 42, Loogootee, then failed a field sobriety test and was taken to Daviess Community Hospital where her blood alcohol content registered at 0.096 percent. The test also found the presence of benzodiazepines, oxycodone, amphetamines and THC.

Allen was taken to the Martin County Jail and booked on charges of maintaining a common nuisance, possession of methamphetamine, dealing in methamphetamine, dealing in marijuana, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, dealing in a controlled substance, dealing in a legend drug, possession of a legend drug, possession of paraphernalia, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated with a prior conviction, operating while intoxicated on a controlled substance and operating while intoxicated endangering another person.

Following the traffic stop the sheriff’s department sought and received a search warrant for Allen’s residence. Deputies, assisted by Loogootee City Police and Indiana Conservation Officers, served the warrant early Monday morning and found Roger Gist, 53, of Loogootee and Michael Gist, 58, of Washington inside.

Police say once inside they found marijuana, meth and paraphernalia in plain view. After searching the residence officers recovered 12 grams of methamphetamine, 35 grams of marijuana, scales and pre-cut baggies for use in dealing, paraphernalia, several controlled substances and legend drugs and controlled substances and legend drugs bagged and labeled.

Roger and Michael Gist were both arrested and taken to the Martin County Jail. Roger Gist faces charges of maintaining a common nuisance, dealing in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, dealing in marijuana, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, dealing in a controlled substance, dealing in a legend drug, possession of a legend drug and possession of paraphernalia.

Michael Gist is charged with maintaining a common nuisance, dealing in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, dealing in marijuana, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, dealing in a controlled substance, dealing in a legend drug and possession of a legend drug.

"Arrests like this tend to come in bunches," said Steiner. "This is not surprising. Officers get into some positions where they can make an arrest and it leads to more arrests. After that things will calm down for awhile and then we’ll have another round. We are still looking at this and trying to determine how large of players these people are in the local drug trade. I can say these arrests came because the officers worked hard and did a good job."