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Meth bust in Kosciusko County

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Kosciusko County Drug Task Force officers were called to numerous incidents this weekend beginning with an early Saturday morning arrest. Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department Corporal Kevin Gelbaugh responded to 3160 N. Stoneburner Road, Warsaw, at approximately 4 a.m. after receiving an anonymous tip of a meth lab. Cpl. Gelbaugh arrived to find the front door of the mobile home trailer open with the strong odor associated with methamphetamine production. Cpl. Gelbaugh and D.T.F. officers located a meth lab inside the residence as well as Timothy Ray Ruggles, 36, who was arrested and preliminarily charged with possession of an illegal drug lab.

As D.T.F. officers were en route to the Stoneburner (Chapman Lake) location they noted a male subject walking down the road near CR 300 East and CR 175 North. D.T.F.officers returned back to the CR 300 East location and located Joshua Talbot Peace, 36, Syracuse in a field near an anhydrous ammonia tank used by farmers. D.T.F. officers also located small tanks where Peace was allegedly stealing anhydrous for the future use of methamphetamine production. Peace was arrested and preliminarily charged with felony theft.

Later on Saturday afternoon, Kosciusko County Sheriff's Deputy Shane Bucher attempted to stop a vehicle for disregarding a stop sign near the intersection of CR 500 East and CR 1100 North. During the traffic stop, the driver, identified as Shelly Jo Frailey, 44, Syracuse, gave Deputy Bucher permission to search her vehicle. Deputy Bucher immediately noted numerous precursors associated with the production of methamphetamine and summoned the Kosciusko County Drug Task Force. D.T.F. officers arrived to secure the scene and arrested and preliminarily charged Frailey with felony manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Ruggles is currently being held on a $100,000.00 bond and Peace is being held on a $2,000.00 bond. Frailey is currently being held without bond per the Kosciusko County Prosecutor's Office.

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