Indianapolis drug kingpin gets life in federal prison


INDIANAPOLIS (WEHT/AP) – A federal judge has sentenced the leader of a violent Indianapolis-based drug trafficking ring to life in prison.

U.S. District Chief Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson handed down the sentence to 30-year-old Richard Grundy III following his August convictions on drug-trafficking and money laundering charges.

Federal prosecutors say Grundy was the leader of a drug-trafficking organization that distributed more than 400 pounds of methamphetamine and large amounts of heroin, cocaine, and marijuana in Indianapolis from August 2016 through November 2017.  

FBI Special Agent in Charge Grant Mendenhall says “Grundy was under the mistaken impression he and his crew could run their criminal enterprise … without fear of consequence.”

The second trial for the drug kingpin was held in Evansville.

A mistrial was declared on the third day of the first trial for Grundy and the four others in June at the Birch Bayh Federal Building in downtown Indianapolis. The court found that an order concerning juror information was violated.

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(This story was originally published on December 12, 2019)

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