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A Wabash man is among eight people – including two 16-year-olds – arrested in connection with a methamphetamine operation in Miami County.

The Indiana State Police said a joint drug investigation with the Peru Police Department and the Miami County Sheriff's Department resulted in the arrest of six adults and two juveniles within a 48-hour period.

Those arrested on felony charges include:

  • Justin M. Goshert, 29, of Wabash, on a charge of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.
  • Karen Woods, 22, of Peru, on a charge of conspiracy to manufacture meth.
  • Joni Espenscheid, 34, of Peru, on a charge of conspiracy to manufacture meth.
  • Henry Shell Jr., 44, of Amboy, on a charge of manufacturing meth.
  • Breanna C. Williams, of Lafayette, on a charge of conspiracy to commit theft.
  • Steve M.P. Baker, 33, of Twelve Mile, on a charge of possession of a drug lab.
  • A 16-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl from Howard County were charged with felony theft, possession of a precursor, possession of anhydrous ammonia and criminal trespassing.

Goshert and Woods were out of jail on bond at the time of their arrests, state police said.

They were initially arrested by troopers Nov. 10 and were facing felony drug charges related to a meth lab case out of Peru.

The adults were being held in the Miami County Jail and the teens were held at the Kinsey Youth Center in Kokomo.

State police said because this is an ongoing investigation, they are not releasing details about how each of the suspects was arrested.

Those who wish to report suspected meth activity are asked to call the anonymous Indiana State Police Methamphetamine Hotline at 1-800-453-4756.