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Theft investigation leads to drug charges

The LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department was assisting the Wolcottville Police Department with the investigation of a reported theft on July 7.

According to the police report, officers went to 102 N. Albany St. in Wolcottville and made contact with Amanda Strunk, 38, of Kendallville at that location. Officers discovered that Joshua Cleveland, 35, of Wolcottville, was also living at that residence. The report noted that Cleveland is the brother of a subject with outstanding warrants, and officers requested permission to check the residence for Jeffery Cleveland.

Officers were allowed in the home and during the walk-through, reportedly saw items in plain view that led them to believe controlled substances were being used at that location.

A search warrant for the location was obtained from the LaGrange County Superior Court, the department reported. Officers reportedly found that Strunk and Joshua Cleveland were in possession of a substance believed to be methamphetamine. Officers also reported finding a large quantity of hypodermic needles and other paraphernalia associated with the ingestion of controlled substances.

Both Strunk and Cleveland were taken to the LaGrange County Jail on preliminary charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia, possession of hypodermic needles, possession of controlled substances. Cleveland also had a preliminary charge of maintaining a common nuisance while Strunk had a preliminary charge of visiting a common nuisance.

The residence is within 1,000 ft. of a school, making the possession of methamphetamine charge a Class B felony.