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July 31, 2013

KPD seizes two meth labs

Six people arrested in two weekend investigations.

Kokomo police seized two methamphetamine labs over the weekend in two separate investigations.

The first bust occurred Friday when drug task force officers received a complaint from a resident regarding a possible lab at 1901 N. Courtland Ave., Sgt.Tonda Cockrell reported.

The investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant and three arrests.

Officers conducting the search found meth and items related to manufacturing meth, Cockrell reported.

The resident of the house, Kenneth E. Webster, 56, faces felony manufacturing meth, illegal drug lab, possession of meth, maintaining a common nuisance and a misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia charges.

Police also arrested Angela K. Arnold, 42, Windfall, and Jaqueline D. Rainwater, 45, Galveston. They were both charged with misdemeanor visiting a common nuisance. Arnold additionally was charged with possession of meth, and Rainwater was charged with possession of marijuana.

Cockrell said the second bust came Sunday when patrol officers detected a strong chemical odor while on patrol in the 1100 block of East Jefferson Street.

Drug Task Force officers subsequently executed a search warrant at 1111 E. Jefferson St., and found meth and items used to manufacture meth.

Officers also arrested three people allegedly associated with the lab.

Thomas P. Drake, 38, and Samantha K. Pearson, 28, face charges of manufacturing meth, illegal drug lab and unlawful possession of a syringe.

A third person, John Faulkner, 40, was charged with possession of meth.

The Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Team assisted in both investigations.

Anyone with additional information on either of these cases is asked to call the Kokomo Police Hotline at 765-456-7017. You may qualify for a cash reward by calling Central Indiana Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS with your anonymous tip.

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