2 Anderson residents sentenced to 22 years for drug dealing

Mar. 8—ANDERSON — Two Anderson residents arrested in 2023 have been sentenced to a prison sentence of 22 years on several felony charges related to the distribution of fentanyl.

Asia La'rae Hendrix, 34, and Marvin McCloud, 31, were sentenced to 22 years with seven years suspended.

At the time of her arrest, Hendrix was being detained at the Madison County detention center on a $1 million bond. The prosecutor's office requested the high bond because the drugs seized amounted to 1.42 kilograms of fentanyl.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency said two milligrams of fentanyl can be lethal depending upon a person's body size.

Through a plea agreement, Hendrix pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit dealing in a narcotic drug, four counts of dealing in a narcotic drug, corrupt business influence and money laundering.

Judge David Happe found aggravators during the sentencing hearing of the scale of drug importation and distribution and mitigating circumstances of Hendrix's accepting responsibility by pleading guilty, signs of remorse and limited criminal history.

McCloud pleaded guilty in February to felony charges of conspiracy to commit dealing in a narcotic drug and corrupt business influence.

The investigation by Sgt. Keith Gaskill with the Anderson Police Department and Madison County Drug Task Force started in August 2022.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Gaskill learned Hendrix was returning from Arizona and was stopped in Oklahoma with a large quantity of illicit drugs.

Oklahoma police found in the vehicle five kilograms of methamphetamine and 28,000 tablets containing fentanyl.

She was released when Marvin McCloud admitted the drugs were in his possession and he was arrested.

In October 2022, the Meade County (Kansas) Sheriff's Department stopped a rental car for speeding. Hendrix was listed as renting the vehicle.

In January, the Madison County Drug Task Force started surveillance on Hendrix's Anderson residence.

They observed Hendrix get into a car for one minute and the car then drove away.

The car, driven by Corey Chestnut, failed to stop during a pursuit by local law enforcement. He was charged with a felony count of resisting law enforcement and reckless driving.

The next day officers found a discarded package on the route taken by Chestnut that contained 1,000 pills containing fentanyl.

Police made two controlled buys by a confidential informant from Hendrix.

In May 2023, the Drug Task Force followed Hendrix to a location in Anderson where a car was found with 998 pills containing fentanyl in possession of a woman who had met with Hendrix.

In the same month officers followed Hendrix and McCloud to an Indianapolis apartment complex where a bag was transferred to another vehicle in which the driver indicated he made multiple trips for her in the past.

Police confiscated 17 pounds and 10 ounces of illegal pills with a street value of $71,000 to $284,000.

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