The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office says that it assisted the United States Postal Inspection Service, United States Secret Service and the Louisville Metro Police Department in the service of a search warrant.
Judy Jackson, spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Department, says that Detective Sgt. Chad Swank has been conducting an investigation into an identity theft/deception case involving a local victim. Sgt. Swank’s investigation grew to include several other victims in other states.
Jackson says that Sgt. Swank and US Postal Inspection Service Agents have been working together tracking the suspects. They have been identified as 36-year-pld Patrick M. Smith, of Lexington, KY and 26-year-old Shelby K. Morgan, of Louisville. Authorities say the pair were found at a Louisville-area hotel. A search the suspects’ hotel room allegedly uncovered several forged driver’s licenses and identification cards from multiple states, equipment to make the cards, as well as narcotics. Authorities also seized several electronic devices for further forensic examination.
Smith and Morgan were arrested and are being held in a Louisville-area facility pending possible federal charges.