News From Terre Haute, Indiana

November 7, 2013

Two Sullivan men arrested in joint ISP/FBI operation

Facing drug, firearms charges


The Tribune-Star

SULLIVAN — Two Sullivan County men facing charges involving a firearms violation and possession of methamphetamine could make their initial court appearances this morning.

John M. Abolt, 34, is charged with dealing in methamphetamine, a class-A felony, and possession of methamphetamine, a class-C felony. Abolt is alleged to have possessed about 25.6 grams of methamphetamine. He then allegedly sold that during an undercover police investigation in September 2012.

Elmer E. Seeley, 50, was charged with possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, a class-B felony, and receiving stolen property, a class-D felony. An Indiana State Police investigation alleges that Seeley had possession of and subsequently sold a 9-millimeter handgun during an undercover investigation in May 2012. Seeley is prohibited from possessing firearms because of a previous criminal conviction.

Sullivan County Prosecutor Robert Hunley told the Tribune-Star that it is likely that both men will make court appearances today.

The investigation into both cases was a joint effort between the FBI and the Indiana State Police. Police arrested the two men about 5 a.m. Wednesday after about 40 county, state and federal officers simultaneously descended upon the homes of Seeley and Abolt, both of whom have Farmersburg addresses.

Both men are being held in the Sullivan County Jail.