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Shoplifting investigation leads to drug charges

Middlebury police officers were investigating a shoplifting complaint and visited a LaGrange County home Wednesday on CR 555N near the west county line, where the suspected shoplifter lived.

Officers reportedly noticed a “one-pot” meth lab in plain view outside of the house.

Officers from the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana State Police were called in to assist.

The occupants of the house were removed pending a search warrant. At the time, officers reported noticing a strong chemical smell in the house.

Once the search warrant was granted and served, officers located a substance believed to be methamphetamine along with items associated with the manufacturing of meth, paraphernalia and a second “one-pot” lab located in the kitchen area.

Jeremy Moon, 29, of CR 555N was arrested on preliminary charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance.

Joshua Sanders, 25, of Elkhart was arrested on preliminary charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance.

Two others were also arrested at the residence:

Emily Ousley, 18, of Elkhart on preliminary charges of maintaining a common nuisance.

Amanda Soultz, 20, of Goshen, on preliminary charges of visiting a common nuisance.