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The Journal Gazette

Friday, March 09, 2018 1:00 am


Father, son face drug charges

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

A father and son will appear in court Monday on charges of dealing marijuana after they were arrested this week, accused of stashing drugs in two places in Columbia City.

Gerald L. Tyrell Sr., 54, and Gerald Tyrell Jr., 29, both of Columbia City, were taken into custody after officers found more than 12 pounds of marijuana, 4 pounds of hallucinogenic mushrooms, multiple firearms and more than $14,000 in cash at the properties.

Police obtained search warrants after intercepting what they believed to be a large amount of marijuana being sent through the U.S. mail to the Tyrells in early March.

Tyrell Sr. was charged with dealing in a controlled substance, dealing in marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance. He is in the Whitley County Jail on a $150,000 surety bond.

Tyrell Jr. was charged with aiding in dealing marijuana and two misdemeanor charges of possession. He has been released on a $15,000 bond.

Federal agents serve warrants

Federal officials served search warrants early Thursday on Fort Wayne's southeast side.

An official with the Fort Wayne office of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said four warrants were served. A spokesman for U.S. Attorney Thomas Kirsch also confirmed warrants were served.

No other details were made available.

Heritage student brings in BB gun

An East Allen County Schools student was turned over to law enforcement Thursday after bringing a BB gun to school, Heritage Elementary and Heritage Junior-Senior High schools announced on Facebook.

The schools share a campus in Monroeville.

The Heritage administration and the school resource officer investigated the situation, which also resulted in the BB gun's confiscation.

The schools stressed there was no threat to students and staffers.