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Meth Crackdown

Tony V. Martin | The Times

David Capp, acting U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Indiana,

 on Wednesday leads a news conference announcing the arrests  made in Tuesday's meth lab sting.

Capp is surrounded by several law enforcement leaders involved in the crackdown.

 

4 on run in meth crackdown

By Ken Kosky
Thursday, June 26, 2008

Those involved in Tuesday morning's massive raid on methamphetamine labs and take-down of suspected drug traffickers hope they've made a difference in the fight against what is rapidly becoming one of the most problematic drugs. Of the 37 people named in federal indictments, 32 had been arrested and the 33rd was making arrangements to surrender as of noon Wednesday. Most are from Porter, Jasper and Lake counties. Officials asked for the public's help in finding four others in connection with the investigation. In addition, law enforcement executed six federal search warrants, taking down meth labs and confiscating undisclosed items.
More than 100 local, state and federal law enforcement officers participated in Tuesday's operation, which followed a 17-month investigation.  "We all pull the oars in same direction ... to eliminate the scourge of hard drugs from the community," Porter County Prosecutor Brian Gensel said.  David Capp, acting U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, said the meth operation "was a multistate operation with methamphetamine coming out of Indiana going elsewhere, and methamphetamine coming into Indiana from some of these other states."
Much of the meth activity locally centered around Jasper County and southern Porter County. Kouts Police Chief Joe Kirk and Jasper County Sheriff Orville Perry both said they didn't have the resources to get to the bottom of a massive drug network.  Authorities would not comment on whether the operation was tied to organized motorcycle gangs, which are sometimes associated with drug trafficking.
Kirk and Perry said by working with federal authorities they were able to make their communities safer.  Capp said small towns like Kouts, Hebron and Wheatfield are getting hit especially hard by meth. He said the drug not only harms those who make and use it, it threatens the health of those living near meth labs and it threatens the environment.  "Methamphetamine is an extremely destructive chemical, both physically and mentally," Capp said, adding it can be made using over-the-counter medicine and household chemicals.  "Methamphetamine is rapidly becoming one of our biggest national drug problems."  The 65 count indictment alleges a conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of meth from January 2004 to June 2008, as well as a conspiracy to distribute 100 kilograms of marijuana from November 2006 to June 2008. The indictment also alleges illegal gun possession and illegal meth manufacturing. Most of the people were charged with being part of the conspiracy to manufacture and distribute meth or were charged with possessing pseudoephedrine, a cold remedy used as a meth ingredient.  The indictment names two meth labs in Kouts, one it says belongs to suspect Stacey "Weirdo" Judd at 171 E. County Road 700 South and the other it says belongs to Kathleen "Kat" Conley at 1274 S. County Road 600 East.  "I'm excited we were able to stop this organized level of criminal activity," Porter County Sheriff David Lain said.  "At the same time it saddens me. We know this is just another step in the process. We know the problem isn't going away."

 

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