On March 17 deputies from the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department, assisted by two troopers from the Indiana State Police, acted on a tip regarding illegal drug activity at a residence on CR 350S.
Upon making contact with Lance Kiles, 39, at the residence, officers were given consent to search the property. During the initial search, items associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine were located in a detached garage on the property.
Also found in the garage was a large quantity of folded pieces of foil with burnt residue consistent with the consumption of methamphetamine. The investigation then preceded to the residence with the suspect’s wife and three children, ages 16, 13, and 11, were located as well as three other small children the family was babysitting.
Throughout multiple locations inside the residence, a large quantity of paraphernalia associated with the use of methamphetamine and marijuana were located.
Officers also found folded coffee filters containing a white powdery substance believed to the methamphetamine under the bathroom sink, as well as a large quantity of plastic bags containing a white powdery residue believed to be methamphetamine beside the garden tub in which the children had been bathed in and played in earlier in the evening, as stated by the mother.
The Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab Team processed the dangerous chemicals and items associated with the manufacturing of methamphetamine at the residence. The LaGrange Department of Family Services assisted at the scene and released the children to their maternal grandparents.
Lance Kiles was arrested and transported to the LaGrange County Jail on charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, a Class B felony, Possession of Methamphetamine, a Class D felony, Possession of Marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor, and Maintaining a Common Nuisance, a Class D felony. Other charges may be filed upon completion of the investigation.