BOONE COUNTY (Dec. 11, 2014) – Two former Hendricks County deputies have been arrested on charges stemming from one of the nation’s largest Spice busts.
Jason Woods, 44, and Teresa Woods, 34, were booked into the Boone County Jail around 11:30 a.m. Thursday. They were both charged with two counts of possession of a synthetic drug or synthetic drug lookalike.
The arrests stem from their possible involvement in a synthetic drug manufacturing ring in Hancock County last year, investigators said. Indiana State Police called it the largest operation in state history and one of the largest in the nation.
“Some 300 plus odd pounds of finished product and some additional amount of unfinished product. The Woods’ name came up in the course of that investigation,” said Captain David Bursten, Spokesperson for Indiana State Police.
According to Indiana State Police, investigators learned about a safe belonging to the couple. After obtaining a search warrant, detectives found $80,000 in cash and more than 100 grams of synthetic drugs. They were then arrested at the Indianapolis office of Homeland Security Investigations on charges of possession of a synthetic drug.
“We were able to get a search warrant. From that, we found inside over 100 grams of synthetic drugs and we also found $80,000 in cash,” said Bursten.
Both were then taken to the Boone County Jail for further processing because that’s where the safe was located. At this time, authorities have not indicated whether Jason or Teresa Woods will face additional charges due to the 2013 case.
The husband and wife were suspended and then fired for criminal wrongdoing back in March. It was a result of thousands of missing money that the Woods said they were holding for a friend. The Woods were accused of not following the department’s policy as well as not reporting a crime they knew about.
FOX59 spoke with the Woods’ attorney this afternoon. He did not comment about today’s charges, but said he may make a comment in the future.
According to Indiana State Police, further investigation could potentially lead to additional charges for the Woods.