An Indiana investigation into narcotics sales, counterfeiting and the distribution of stolen property led to the arrest of three individuals and the seizure of a significant quantity of methamphetamine in April, according to a press release from the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Office. Media reports indicate that the investigation is ongoing and further charges and arrests are likely. The LGCSO was assisted during the investigation by the Indiana State Police, Rome City Marshal’s Office, Indiana Conservation Office and Topeka, Wolcottville, LaGrange and Shipshewana police departments.
Multi-agency investigation leads to search warrant
The arrests were made and the drugs were seized when deputies executed a search warrant at a residence on State Road 120 in Howe on April 7. The LCSO says that several individuals fled from the home on foot when law enforcement vehicles arrived at the scene. One of these individuals was a woman who was pursued and captured with the assistance of a K9 unit. Several other individuals found inside the property were detained without incident according to media reports.
Deputies discover stolen property and drugs
During a search of the residence, deputies allegedly discovered methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and two trailers that had been reported stolen. A vehicle found at the scene is also thought to have been stolen. Two men have been charged with common nuisance and drug possession in connection with the stolen property and narcotics. One of the men also faces charges in Elkhart County.
Mounting a defense against drug charges
The urge to cooperate can be strong when criminal suspects feel that the evidence against them is overwhelming. If you’re taken into custody after police discover drugs or other items during a search of your property, an experienced criminal defense attorney would likely advise you to answer no questions, make no statements and ask to speak with a lawyer. This is because evidence seized during searches may be excluded if the officers involved went beyond the scope of the warrant. Judges could also exclude evidence when search warrants were issued without sufficient probable cause.