In August of 2019, WMPD Patrol Officers responded to a suspicious vehicle call in the Walker Farms subdivision. After locating the vehicle, and completing a thorough and lengthy investigation into why the vehicle was in the area, officers uncovered that this situation was much more than a suspicious vehicle. Multiple arrests for local chargers were made following the initial contact and investigation, including the following:
- William Muzall(28), of Indianapolis was charged with Promotion of Human Trafficking of a Minor, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Serious Violent Felon, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia.
- Ashani Burnett-Cisse(20) of Indianapolis was charged with Promotion of Human Trafficking of a Minor, Carrying a Handgun Without a License , and Possession of Marijuana.
- Michael Barnes(26), of Westfield was charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Paraphernalia.
WMPD’s Criminal Investigations Division, the Boone County Prosecutor’s Office, the Hamilton/Boone County Drug Task Force, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. District Attorney’s Office have collaborated extensively on this case for the last 24 months, and through those efforts were able to successfully file charges on:
- Cory Lamb (31, Whitestown) for Promoting Prostitution (Level 5 Felony).
The U.S. District Attorney’s Office is filing federal charges, and that information will be provided once they have completed their process.
This incident was a primary example of how proactive policing efforts lead into the discovery of serious criminal activity, that unfortunately can reach any town or community. We are extremely proud of the intuition and initial response of our Patrol Officers, our Detectives for their continued arduous work over a prolonged period to bring this case to completion, and the exhaustive efforts of the various agencies that helped ensure these offenders were served justice and held accountable.