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Meth labs lead to women’s arrests

Two women were charged with felonies Tuesday after police discovered a meth-making operation in a garage in south Fort Wayne.

On May 8, city police received a report of suspicious activity in a detached garage behind 3230 Clinton Court, according to authorities.

Officers searched the garage and found meth ingredients and an unspecified number of active meth labs, court papers said.

In the house, which had no running water, police found Jamie Aldred, a woman who lived there with her two children, ages 18 months and 8 weeks. The children were taken to Parkview Hospital to be treated for malnutrition, and police contacted the Indiana Department of Child Services to have the children removed from the home, according to court papers.

Also in the house, police encountered Jessica Ferguson, a visitor, carrying a duffel bag that held drug paraphernalia, 0.6 grams of meth, 0.3 grams of heroin and a pain pill that she had not been prescribed, court papers stated.

Aldred, 22, was charged with felony counts of maintaining a common nuisance and neglect of a dependent. Ferguson, 23, of the 900 block of Lincoln Avenue, faces a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia and three felonies: methamphetamine possession and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

Both women were in custody Tuesday at the Allen County Jail. Aldred’s bail was $12,500, and Ferguson was held without bail.

Two other people were named in the court papers, but they have not been charged.