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Young children removed in meth bust

Long
Allen
Hobbs

Two children were checked by paramedics and the Department of Child Services was called in Sunday evening after a meth operation was found in a home southeast of Winona Lake, police said.

Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department deputies and officers from the Winona Lake Police Department were sent to a home in the 2500 block of East Sandy Drive about 5 p.m. after an anonymous tip.

As officers approached the house, they noted an extremely strong odor – one associated with the production of methamphetamine, according to a statement issued by the sheriff's department.

Because children were believed to be inside, police said, officers immediately got into the house and took the adult residents, Kip Dewayne Allen, 45, and Andrea Lyn Long, 36, into custody. Kaleb Hobbs, 21, of Claypool, was also arrested, police said.

A 5-year-old and a 10-year-old child were found in the home.

Allen and Long were preliminarily charged with manufacturing methamphetamine over 3 grams, possession of methamphetamine and paraphernalia, possession of precursors for methamphetamine with intent to manufacture, maintaining a common nuisance for legend drugs and neglect of a dependent where dealing or production of a controlled substance occurred. Each had a bond set at $10,000.

Hobbs was charged with possession of methamphetamine and paraphernalia, manufacturing methamphetamine over 3 grams, possession of precursors for methamphetamine with intent to manufacture and visiting a common nuisance, the sheriff's department said, adding he also had an active probation violation warrant out of Kosciusko County. His bond was set at $15,000.

The county drug task force was also assisted in the investigation by the county prosecutor's office.

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