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MUNCIE — A Muncie man and woman face drug-related charges after police reported finding methamphetamine — and materials used to produce and consume it — in their home.

Ronald Lee Swift, 48, and Barbara Ann Burnett, 47, of 1901 ½ N. Milton St., were arrested Wednesday night. Both were preliminarily charged with dealing in meth, possession of meth, possession of paraphernalia, dumping controlled substance waste, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of precursors and unlawful possession of a syringe.

Barbara Burnett Ronald Swift

Authorities went to the Milton Street home to arrest Swift — who has a long criminal record — on a warrant. Once inside, they found Swift, Burnett and two other people, along with what appeared to be an active meth-making operation. The house was evacuated and the Indiana State Police meth suppression unit was called to the scene.

Found inside were five hydrochloric acid gas generators, six one-pot meth labs, burnt spoons, syringes and plastic straws with meth residue, and a box and blister packs that had contained pseudoephedrine, an over-the-counter cold medication often used in meth production.

Burnett was being held in the Delaware County jail on Friday under a $50,000 bond, while Swift’s bond was set at $30,000.

Swift and Burnett were arrested in May 2013 after police reported finding a meth-making operation in the Hoyt Avenue home of Swift’s 92-year-old grandmother, with whom they had been staying.

Swift — on electronic home detention at the Milton Street address — is set to stand trial Aug. 5 in Delaware Circuit Court 4 on charges of attempted dealing in meth, possession of precursors, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia, all stemming from last year’s raid.

The warrant was issued for Swift’s arrest Wednesday based on allegations he had violated the rules of home detention. His criminal history includes convictions for driving while intoxicated (three times), leaving the scene of an accident, driving while suspended, disorderly conduct, public intoxication, possession of paraphernalia and battery with injury.

Burnett is set to stand trial Oct. 6 on a count of dealing in meth, also filed after the May 2013 raid.






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