Warsaw police act on multiple drug incidents

By: Newscenter 16 staff Email
By: Newscenter 16 staff Email

Warsaw police responded to three seperate drug-related incidents on Monday.

The first happened around 5:00 p.m., when Warsaw Police Narcotics officers recieved a tip about an active meth lab in the 3700 block of West Old Road 30, on the west side of Warsaw.

No one was home on the scene, but Sheriff's deputies later located 40-year-old Jacob P. Miller, of Warsaw, walking in the area with a fishing pole and bucket. Police found Methamphetamine in the manufacturing process in the bucket.

Miller was arrested without incident and booked into the Kosciusko County Jail on a class B felony charge of manufacturing Methamphetamine. No bond was set.

In another tip around 8:30 p.m., Warsaw Police Narcotics officers were advised of an active meth lab located at 213 E. Center Street, Apartment A, in downtown Warsaw. No one was home, but officers noticed a strong odor associated with the manufacture of Meth. Inside, officers found a very volatile active one pot meth lab.

The apartment, adjoining apartments, and a downstairs restaurant were evacuated and the fire department was called fearing a pending explosion. The Indiana State Police clandestine lab team was called and cleaned up the scene. Due to the fumes, the Kosciusko County Health Department temporarily shut down the restaurant. Warsaw Police are currently looking for the renter of that apartment. The renters name is not being released.

Then later that night, around 9:30 p.m., Warsaw Police Narcotics officers made an undercover purchase of Marijuana and arrested 19-year-old Justin Z. Babendrager, of Warsaw.

Undercover officers purchased approximately one pound of marijuana from Babendrager at a family housing complex located at 498 Clinic Court. One juvenile fled the scene and Warsaw Police are currently looking for them. Another juvenile at the location was released. Babendrager was booked into the Kosciusko County Jail on a class C felony charge of Dealing in Marijuana within a family housing complex. His bond was set at $5,000.00.

Warsaw Police were assisted by the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department, Kosciusko County Probation Department, Kosciusko County Health Department, Indiana State Police, Warsaw Fire Department, and the Kosciusko County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

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