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  • Courtesy Noble County Sheriff's Department Mark Morr was sentenced Friday to 45 years after firearms, crystal methamphetamine and marijuana were found in his home in December.

Saturday, September 23, 2017 1:00 am

Noble drug bust leads to 45-year term

Meth, marijuana sawed-off shotgun uncovered in raid

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

One of the biggest hauls of crystal methamphetamine ever seized in the state led to a sentence of 45 years in Noble County Superior Court 1 on Friday, Noble County Prosecutor Eric Blackman said.

Mark Morr, 49, received 25 years for dealing methamphetamine, eight years for possession of a sawed-off shotgun and 12 years for being a habitual offender.

Blackman said law enforcement was pleased with the outcome.

“We believe that the sentence imposed sends a message that Noble County takes drug dealing very seriously, and those that choose to deal drugs in this county should expect dire consequences,” Blackman said after the verdict came down from Judge Robert Kirsch.

Street value for the more than 100 pounds of marijuana and 18 pounds of crystal methamphetamine seized Dec. 29 at a home in rural Ligonier was valued at $1 million.

In the home where police found Morr, his wife, Sherry Morr, then 47, Justin Morr, 19, and Vanessa Salas, 21, along with two juveniles, ages 16 and 17, police also found 50 to 60 firearms, loaded and ready to use.

Some of the guns were stolen.

A search warrant for Morr's home was issued after a woman pulled over by Kendallville police told officers that was where she had gotten her drugs, Blackman said.

The raid took place in the early-morning hours.

It took an officer seven to eight attempts to break down the heavily reinforced farmhouse door and, once inside, the sawed-off shotgun was found “locked and loaded and sitting by the door,” Blackman said.

The prosecutor said the case “was truly an outstanding job of cooperation between departments.” 

Besides the initial report from the Kendallville Police Department, the Noble County Sheriff's Department, Indiana State Police and the Ligonier Police Department were involved in the case, Blackman added.