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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines

Out-of-State Men Charged in Federal Court with Trafficking Methamphetamine in Posey County

EVANSVILLE- MARCH 16, 2023 - Jeremy Novak, 41, of Illinois and Cesar Herrera, 37, of California, have been charged in a federal criminal complaint with distribution of methamphetamine in Posey County following a months’ long investigation by multiple law enforcement agencies.

According to court documents, in February of 2023, the Posey County Drug Task Force and Drug Enforcement Administration initiated an investigation into Jeremy Novak and Cesar Herrera’s methamphetamine trafficking activities. Herrera served as the supplier, obtaining the methamphetamine from California, which Novak then distributed in and around Posey County.

On three separate occasions between February 27, 2023, and March 10, 2023, investigators observed Novak sell four pounds of crystal methamphetamine to another individual for a total of $19,000. The drug deals occurred in a parked vehicle at a Dollar General Store in Poseyville, Indiana.

On March 10, 2023, members of the DEA, Posey County Drug Task Force, Posey County Sheriff’s Office, Evansville Vanderburgh County Drug Task Force, and Indiana State Police took Novak and Herrera into custody. During a search of the vehicle Novak used for dealing, officers found $11,100 and three vacuum sealed bags containing a total of over three pounds of methamphetamine.

If convicted on all counts, both Novak and Herrera face up to life in prison. A federal district court judge will determine the actual sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

The driver of the vehicle, Christina Alumbaugh, was also arrested and charged in Posey County Circuit Court with Dealing in Methamphetamine, a Level 2 Felony. Alumbaugh is being prosecuted by the Posey County Prosecutor’s Office and faces 10 to 30 years in state prison.

Zachary A. Myers, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, Michael Gannon, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s Indianapolis Field Office, Tom Latham, Posey County Sheriff, Thomas E. Clowers, Prosecuting Attorney for the Posey County Prosecutor’s Office, Billy Bolin, Chief of Evansville Police Department, and Doug Carter, Indiana State Police Superintendent made the announcement.

The investigation is being led by the DEA, Posey County Drug Task Force, Posey County Sheriff’s Office, the Evansville Police Department, and the Indiana State Police.

U.S. Attorney Myers thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Lauren M. Wheatley, who is prosecuting this case.

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