Indy man arrested for meth dealing in Franklin

An Indianapolis man was arrested after deputies conducted a controlled drug buy in Franklin Wednesday.

Michael S. McCann, 38, was arrested on charges of dealing methamphetamine, meth possession, and possession of a syringe, all felonies, and possession of paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. He was also arrested on an out-of-county warrant from Marion County for violating the terms of his probation.

The Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office will decide what, if any, charges to file. McCann is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Detectives with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office were conducting routine monitoring of websites to detect criminal activity earlier this month when an undercover detective was sent a message by McCann, who believed he knew the detective from a previous encounter. A search conducted later showed that McCann’s photo matched the profile of the account messaging deputies and that he had a criminal history of being involved with meth, according to a Johnson County Sheriff’s Office report.

During the conversation, he asked if the detective wanted to get high on meth with him. A few days later, McCann told the detective that he was almost out of meth. They later made a deal for the detective to purchase meth from McCann, the report says.

On the day of the deal, McCann and the detective met in the 1000 block of W. Jefferson St., Franklin to conduct the drug deal. McCann sold the detective over 21 grams of meth, according to the report.

Deputies then arrested McCann and searched him. During the search, deputies found drug paraphernalia and syringes. McCann was then taken to the Johnson County jail, the report says.

The Greenwood Police Department assisted with the drug buy and his arrest, the report says.

During an interview with detectives Wednesday, McCann told detectives he was not a drug dealer. However, he later told them that they would find information on his phone which showed he had orchestrated another narcotics transaction recently. When detectives searched his phone, they found evidence he was not only active in the distribution of drugs throughout Central Indiana but that he was heavily involved in check fraud and theft as well, according to the report.

Detectives then conducted a second interview with McCann Thursday morning and he admitted to his involvement with meth distribution, check fraud and theft. He also told detectives he would often solicit men on social media to engage in meth-related activities, the report says.

Deputies have asked prosecutors to review’s criminal history McCann as a possible habitual offender. McCann is currently facing charges in not only Johnson County but also in Hancock County. In Johnson County, he has one court case pending for theft and drug charges, and in Hancock County, he has charges pending for theft and check fraud, according to online court records.

McCann is held without bond at the jail on a out-of-county warrant.