FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – He’s accused of having at least one stash house in Fort Wayne where he stored cocaine, and agents say he admitted to purchasing at least one or two kilograms of the drug per month during the last year.
Now, the owner of the Lewis Street Grill is facing federal drug and gun charges after a nearly 11-month long investigation where agents tailed him multiple times while tracking his cell phone activity.
Agents took 47-year-old Demetrius Rashard Bostic into custody on Tuesday after raiding six places connected to their investigation, including his restaurant.
It’s not clear whether anything was found at the eatery, located at 425 E. Lewis St.
Agents did find various amounts of drugs, cash and guns during raids at other homes, though, according to U.S. District Court documents.
Bostic is charged with knowingly or intentionally distributing and possessing with the intent to distribute a controlled substance – namely five kilograms or more of a mixture containing a detectable amount of cocaine.
He’s also facing a federal count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Federal agents took an interest in Bostic last May, according to federal court documents.
On June 7, agents watched as Bostic and two other men stood around the front bumper of a van looking under the hood. While doing so, two other men arrived carrying plastic grocery bags.
The van then left. Bostic and another person in a black pickup truck then drove in tandem with the van as it went south on Interstate 69 and then west on U.S. 30.
Police officers stopped the van on U.S. 30 for speeding. During the stop, federal agents watched as Bostic drove by several times. A K-9 unit alerted officers to the possibility of narcotics inside the van, but it’s unclear whether any were found.
Agents did find $169,520 cash inside, though.
After Bostic left the area during the stop, agents watched as he went to a home on Pine Meadows Lane. Agents would see him come to this home multiple times while they had him under surveillance, according to court documents. They also tracked him using his cell phone at the home, court documents said.
Many times, Bostic would conduct “counter surveillance measures” either before or after leaving the home, according to court documents.
On Tuesday, agents raided Bostic’s primary home on Riley Place in Fort Wayne.
They found him there along with 35 pounds of marijuana, narcotics and money packaging material, $17,000 in cash and a black Glock handgun.
At the Pine Meadows home, they found another Glock handgun as well as a rectangular shaped item wrapped in duct tape that ended up containing roughly 1,500 grams of cocaine, according to court documents.
In that home, as well, agents found a large amount of narcotic and money packaging material.
During a raid at another home connected to Bostic, this one in Fishers, investigators found more packaging materials as well as a 12-gauge shotgun.
When interviewed by agents, Bostic admitted that the marijuana found at the Riley Place home was his, according to court documents. He told agents in those court documents he owned a marijuana dispensary in Michigan.
He said the gun at the home was not his, court documents said.
Bostic initially denied having any connection with the Pine Meadows home until agents presented him with evidence of him being there multiple times.
Then, he finally admitted in court documents that earlier this month he purchased two kilograms of cocaine at $24,000 each, and that one of those kilograms was still at the home. That’s when he said he’d been buying a kilogram or two per month for the last year.
Bostic is being held in Allen County Jail without bond.
Between 2003 and 2009 he was arrested multiple times on drug charges, namely for dealing cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana.