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2 Arrested in Tuesday Meth Bust

April 30, 2013

  05/01/13 Tuesday morning just after 6:30 police officers with the Indiana State Police, Plymouth Police Department and Marshall County Sheriff’s Office served a warrant at 313 West Washington Street.  

  There were two people arrested at the property, Jamie Wacasey and Karla Felix.  They were arrested for manufacturing methamphetamines with 1000 feet of public housing area making the arrest a class A felony, possession of meth, possession of controlled substance, maintaining a common nuisance and child neglect. 

  A child who wasn’t home at the time of the warrant service but showed up a short time later was taken by the Indiana Department Child Services. 

  While officers searched the bottom apartment several spent one pots HCL (hydrogen chloride) generators and other meth lab items were located in the residence.  Police say there was a very elaborate cooking set-up in the residence. 

  The Indiana State Police Criminal Interdiction Team along with the Plymouth Police Department and Marshall County Sheriff’s Department worked a corporative investigation that lead to a search warrant of the residence at 313 West Washington reference dealing and manufacturing methamphetamines. 

  The property hit on Tuesday is directly across the street from the meth bust police officers did at 308 West Washington Street on April 9th of this year.  On December 28, 2011 Plymouth Police located a meth lab in the second floor apartment at 313 West Washington Street.  According to the Marshall County GIS both of these properties show James and Sharon Carnes as the deeded owners.  This property (313) is being sold on land contract to RAB Holdings, Robert Gingerich. James Carnes has confirmed that Gingerich is purchasing both properties on land contract although the agreement for 308 is not registered with the county.

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7 Responses to “ 2 Arrested in Tuesday Meth Bust ”

  1. jreed105 on May 3, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    As Kathy stated above, the properties are being sold by Carnes via land contract to Gingerich. In turn, Gingerich would be the one renting these properties out to the renters, not Carnes.

    Either way, it’s good to see that area getting some attention. I grew up there many, many years ago and hate to see how degraded that area has become. Let’s hope the area can be rehabilitated.

  2. AnnF on May 2, 2013 at 12:31 am

    Kathy, who signed the lease? The Carnes or Gingerich? Two in a row is more than slightly suspicious.

    Plymouth is too small of a town for things of this magnitude to go unnoticed. Also, I think that the landlord’s reputation should be at stake. You check out a neighborhood before you buy the property; why should slumlords be allowed impunity when they decrease innocent land owner’s property values when they fail to perform a simple background check?

    Perhaps, this is an issue that should be taken up at the next city council meeting.

  3. Kathy Bottorff on May 1, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Although the County GIS lists the Carnes as the deeded owner, which they are, the properties are being sold on land-contract to Robert Gingerich of Bremen.

  4. Andrew on May 1, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    What a great job our police agencies are doing! Keep it up!

    A agree with Thor completely. One might accept one incident at the address as a case of ignorance, but this isn’t the first.

  5. CommonCents on May 1, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    I feel bad for the child. How any parent could subject the child to the lasting effects of this terrible drug is beyond my comprehension. The good news is, the child won’t be placed in this kind of danger for at least 10 years if they get the same sentence as recent criminals with this offense. Tack on the child abuse charges and they might get out in time to attend their child’s HS graduation.

    I don’t see a good solution to this meth problem. Anyone doing it won’t be able to find a job or a home or apartment so I guess they will all be moving back home with mom & dad.

    Maybe they can collect government assistance….the Boston Bombers did. Welcome to the New America!

    We as a community should be supporting the efforts of law enforcement at every opportunity. They are a major force, including the prosecutors and judges, in erradicating this problem.

  6. Thor on May 1, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Perhaps it is time to suggest to the Carnes that they are maintaining a common nuisance, or dereliction of some sort, and hold them responsible for taking money from drug dealers to operate drug production plants on their property.

    If they truly did not know, they were paying no attention at all…which would seem fairly obvious from the condition of their ‘properties’ and that’s not really acceptable either.

  7. AnnF on May 1, 2013 at 1:26 am

    I guess the PPD is a bad influence on the neighborhood. :~D Seriously, can’t the Carnes’ be charged with maintaining a common nuisance? They sound like slumlords to me that don’t perform background checks. Always a treat to the neighborhood – not.