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August 13, 2010

Meth arrests made along Wabash River

Baby is found inside RV where drug was being made, police say

Logansport drug officers arrested five people in a drug raid along the Wabash River Wednesday morning.

At about 6:30 a.m., members of the Logansport Police Department narcotics division concluded their investigation into the alleged manufacturing of methamphetamine and dealing of marijuana by executing a search warrant on a recreational vehicle located at 2391 W. 50 South.

Police arrested five suspects on drug-related charges, including a man who is out on bond from a cocaine dealing arrest last year.

During the search of the RV, officers reportedly located several items associated with meth making, along with quantities of meth, marijuana and paraphernalia commonly used to package, sell and consume illegal drugs.

The most disturbing part of the raid, Sgt. Jim Klepinger, said was finding a baby sleeping not more than 10 feet away from chemicals associated with the meth making process.

“It was extremely dangerous because the child does not have the defense systems that a grown adult has to fight off being exposed to those chemicals,” said Klepinger, who believes meth had been made inside the recreational vehicle.

Police arrested 26-year-old Nicholas Shane Army on charges of class B felony conspiracy to manufacture meth, class C felony neglect of a dependent and class D felony maintaining a common nuisance and 21-year-old Misty Lynn Allen of Delphi arrested on charges of neglect of a dependent and maintaining a common nuisance.

Officers also arrested 20-year-old Joshua Allen Maddock, 28-year-old Dustin Alan Rush and 30-year-old Heather Marie Steele, all of Logansport, on charges of visiting a common nuisance. Rush also was charged with class B felony conspiracy to manufacture meth.

The suspects were lodged in the Cass County Jail. The child, who reportedly is that of Allen and Army, was released to a relative.

Klepinger reported Wednesday’s action took place about a quarter of a mile east from where the Cass County Drug Task Force arrested Army last year in a drug raid dubbed Operation Summer Heat.

On July 31, 2009, Army, along with nearly 30 other suspected drug dealers,  were rounded up in Cass County. While at Army’s residence at 2557 W. 50 South, Klepinger said officers located an active meth lab.

Klepinger announced that in addition to the pending cocaine dealing charge and the most recent meth charge, Army will have another class B felony meth charge resulting from last year’s alleged lab.

Court records show Army is accused of selling $180 worth of cocaine to a confidential informant in May and June of 2008. Shortly after his arrest, he bonded out but reportedly failed to appear for a court hearing about a month later. After being arrested on a warrant in October 2009, he bonded out again in January of this year.

Klepinger said police recently received information that Army was making meth and dealing large amounts of marijuana so they set up surveillance that resulted in evidence investigators used to secure a search warrant.

Klepinger commented on the power of a meth addiction. He said even when facing prison time or recently being released from prison, addicts oftentimes go back to using.

“In my experience as long as I have been doing this, I’ve never seen anybody that is addicted to methamphetamine be able to just walk away from it and not use it,” he said.

The narcotics division executed Wednesday’s search warrant with the assistance of the Cass County Sheriff’s Department. Officers were also assisted at the scene by the Department of Child Services.

Additional arrests are expected, Klepinger said.

• Kevin Lilly is news editor of the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5117 or kevin.lilly@pharostribune.com.

 

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