Madison Police executing a search warrant on Walnut Street arrested a local man on drug and drug paraphernalia charges Thursday in what was the 16th drug-related arrest to date by the city’s newly formed Crime Suppression Team.

A search warrant was obtained for 219-221 Walnut Street as a result of an ongoing narcotics investigation led by MPD Detectives Ricky Harrris and Kyle Cutshaw and the MPD Crime Suppression Team. It was the fifth narcotic search warrant served by the special task force.

The officers found methamphetamine and related paraphernalia and arrested Daniel W. Brim, 34, Madison for possession of methamphetamine, a Level 5 felony, and possession of paraphernalia.

The detectives were assisted by MPD Chief John Wallace, Assistant Chief Ben McKay, Lt. Dan Slygh, Sgt. Shawn Scudder, Patrolmen Chad Wehner, Zackery Nicholson and Cody Lewis and Chief Det. Yancey Denning of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.

Brim was lodged in the Jefferson County Jail.

Speaking to Madison City Council Wednesday night, Wallace said the CST is targeting drug users and drug hangouts to take drugs, weapons, drug currency and the people who harbor them off the city’s streets and noted that two additional officers — Jeremy Perkins and Scudder — will be reassigned as detectives to assist with investigating cases for prosecution. He urged residents who suspect drug activity in their neighborhood, to call Madison Police Department at 812-265-3347.

“If you have a concern in your neighborhood, give us and call.” Wallace said.

Suspect in manhunt spotted by officer, PLACED UNDER arrest

Elsewhere, a Madison man being sought on drug and firearm charges was arrested by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department on Thursday.

Madison Police had posted on social media Wednesday that they were seeking information on the whereabouts of Nicholas J. Tucker, 30, who was wanted for several narcotic and firearms charges based on an investigation by Scudder.

Tucker was linked to the May 29 arrest of Cassondra Lockridge, 22, of Madison, on various drug-related charges. While serving an arrest warrant for Lockridge at 316 First Street, officers found narcotics, paraphernalia and 13 firearms that they were allegedly able to link to Tucker but he was not present at the residence. They were able to establish enough probable cause to obtain a warrant for Tucker’s arrest but then had difficulty locating him.

Tucker was spotted as a passenger in a vehicle Thursday by a Jefferson County Indiana jail officer, who notified police with Sheriff’s Department K9 Deputy Ben Flint and Scudder quickly responding to stop the vehicle and make the arrest.

Tucker is charged with dealing methamphetamine, unlawful possession of firearms by a felon, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of marijuana, dealing marijuana and possession of legend drugs. He was lodged at the Jefferson County Jail.