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Man apprehended after chase, charged with dealing methamphetamine


On July 20, LaGrange County Communications received a call regarding a suspicious person entering an abandoned property south of Reed Cemetery on CR 950E.

According to the police report, upon the first officer’s arrival at the scene, two subjects were found in the back of the cemetery. A deputy attempted to make contact with the subjects, at which time the male subject grabbed a backpack that was on the ground behind a tree and fled toward the north. The subject, identified as Matthew Coney, 21, of CR 800W, was pursued by the officer while being ordered to stop. Coney ran onto a property and attempted to throw the bag into a large pond on the property. He was apprehended and taken into custody just as other officers arrived on scene to assist.

The second subject was a female later identified as Tiffany Huffman, 41, of Topeka. She fled while Coney was apprehended. Officers attempted to locate Huffman but at this time have been unable to find her. She allegedly has outstanding warrants for drug-related offenses in LaGrange County.

Officers allegedly found a one-pot reactionary vessel in the backpack Coney attempted to discard, as well as multiple chemical reagents associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine. A white powder-like substance believed to be methamphetamine was also located. The Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab Team was requested to process the dangerous chemicals.

Officers also located other chemicals reagents associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine hidden in the back of Reed Cemetery, which Coney late admitted that he had placed in the cemetery.

Coney was taken to the LaGrange County Jail on initial charges of Dealing in Methamphetamine, a Class B Felony, Possession of Methamphetamine, a Class D Felony, Possession of Precursors, a Class D Felony, and Resisting Law Enforcement, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Charges are pending for Huffman. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department at 463-7491 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-342-STOP.