An Indiana man waived an extradition hearing in Venango County Court on Monday, and will be transported back to his home state to face charges in an investigation into the dealings of an extensive drug operation.
Bradley Niemann, from Huntington, Indiana, was wanted in Fort Wayne as one of 31 suspects in an operation that investigators say dealt in heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and prescription drugs.
Niemann was the last of the suspects to be arrested. He left Indiana and ended up in Oil City, where officials arrested him on May 24 in a wooded area near the Allegheny River after he allegedly fled briefly by swimming to the opposite shore and running into the woods. He has since been lodged in the Venango County Jail.
In Fort Wayne, authorities and the media have taken to referring to the drug ring investigation as “Operation Breakfast Club,” taken from the 1980’s movie “The Breakfast Club,” and so named because all of the suspects were born in the 1980’s.