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Noble County and Fort Wayne police conducted separate drug raids in the past week with striking similarities.

Both agencies found methamphetamine being made at homes where children live, leading to the arrests of adults responsible for taking care of them.

Members of the IMAGE Drug Task Force, a multiagency unit serving several counties, raided a home in the 700 block of West Williams Street in Kendallville at 3 a.m. Wednesday.

Because of the possibility that weapons might be in the home as well as meth, SWAT teams assisted the task force.

Inside the home, officers found numerous items used in making methamphetamine, a small amount of marijuana and paraphernalia as well as a loaded .45-caliber handgun, according to the Noble County Sheriff’s Department.

Seven one-pot meth labs were found in the house and an eighth was found in a shed outside, the sheriff’s department said. Four adults and two children were at the home at the time of the raid.

Those arrested were:

•Angela Hensley, 31, of Kendallville, initially charged with neglect of a dependent.

•Jerry W. Hensley Jr, 28, of Kendallville, initially charged with dealing methamphetamine.

•Shane R. Maurer, 25, of Kendallville, initially charged with dealing methamphetamine.

The children in the home were placed into protective custody.

Friday morning, Fort Wayne vice and narcotics officers along with the department’s SWAT team were preparing to serve a warrant at a home in the 6400 block of High Point Run, near Coldwater and Washington Center roads, when the man who lives there drove off.

Police pulled over the man’s car and found various controlled substances in his pocket, according to Allen Superior Court documents.

Officers then raided his home, finding all the makings for meth labs. His wife, who was home, told police she helped the man make methamphetamine, according to the court documents. Police also discovered three children living at the home.

The man and wife were arrested. They are:

•William Henry Hill, 45, charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia.

•Amy M. Hill, 35, charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of two or more precursors, possession of a controlled substance, neglect of a dependent, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia.

http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20110317/LOCAL07/303179954/1002/LOCAL

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