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Police and fire


Pot growing operation found in taxidermy search

State conservation officers looking to search the property of an unlicensed taxidermist Wednesday found an indoor marijuana growing operation, methamphetamine and multiple illegally processed animals, DNR officials said.

Conservation officers searched the residence of Jason A. Maxston at 110 Vine Street in Kendallville. They were told Maxston was performing taxidermy work without a state license, the state Department of Natural Resources said..

Officers found an indoor marijuana growing operation with about 30 plants, a large amount of processed marijuana, numerous drug paraphernalia items, methamphetamine and multiple illegally processed animals for taxidermy purposes, state officials said.

Maxston was taken to the Noble County Jail, where he was booked on multiple felony charges, state officials said.