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Drug busts snare nine in Warsaw

Warsaw police officers fanned out over the lunch hour Thursday, serving multiple arrest warrants after undercover purchases of prescription medications were made by narcotics officers, police said.

Police said the following suspects were arrested and charged with dealing controlled substances and were being held in lieu of $10,000 surety bonds:

Toni L. Butts, 46; Emerson C. Butts Jr., 24; Lawrence E. Cameron, 48; Nathan A. Ghrist, 32; Sierra L. Scaife, 18; Andrew Spears, 23; and Debra K. Starr, 52, all of Warsaw; and Bonnie J. Smith, 33, of Columbia City.

Officers reported finding additional prescription drugs packaged and ready for sale and a quarter-pound of marijuana when they arrested Spears. Additional charges will be filed against him, police said.

Kendall J. Kerlin, 27, of Warsaw was arrested Wednesday on a felony charge of dealing in a narcotic drug within 1,000 feet of a school and possession of a narcotic, according to Thursday’s police statement.

She had a $10,000 surety-only bond.