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Tips lead to meth arrests

On December 28, deputies from the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department were conducting an investigation at a residence in the 7000 block of CR 1100E after several tips were received that methamphetamine was being used and manufactured at the residence.

    According to the police report, as officers were approaching the residence to make contact with the people inside, they allegedly witnessed a juvenile subject through an open window smoking from what appeared to be a glass meth pipe. The juvenile was accompanied by the homeowner and guardian of the juvenile, Michele Ward and Brenda Padgett.

    Officers made contact with the subjects and a search of the residence was made. Officers allegedly located two glass smoking pipes as well as a small baggy containing a white, powdery substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine.

    Michele Ward, 55, of Orland was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine, a Class D felony, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, a Class D felony, Neglect of a Dependent, a Class D felony, Possession of Paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor, and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, a Class A misdemeanor.

    Brenda Padgett, 37, of Angola was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine, a Class D felony, Possession of Paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, a Class A misdemeanor, and Visiting a Common Nuisance, a Class B misdemeanor.

    The juvenile was taken into custody by LaGrange County Probation on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, a Class D felony, Possession of Paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor, and Visiting a Common Nuisance, a Class B misdemeanor.