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Two Topeka residents caught in drug raid


A large, multi-county warrant sweep netted two Topeka residents Wednesday. The warrant service began during the early morning hours on March 6 in an I.M.A.G.E. Drug Task Force effort.

Officers from multiple law enforcement agencies met to serve warrants originating out of Noble County. In all, officers served 22 warrants, along with one juvenile detainer order.

Jerid L. Becker, 31, of Topeka was arrested by officers on two counts of Dealing Methamphetamine, each a Class A Felony. Becker was taken to the LaGrange County Jail prior to being transported to Noble County later in the day.

Judy A. Hershberger, 55, of Topeka was arrested for Receiving Stolen Property, a Class D Felony. She was also taken to the LaGrange County Jail prior to being transported to Noble County.

“The charges filed today are the culmination of a lengthy investigation by the I.M.A.G.E. Drug Task Force. I look forward to the opportunity to prosecute the cases,” stated Noble County Prosecutor Steven T. Clouse. The cases range from alleged criminal activity that has occurred during the past 14 months.

I.M.A.G.E. (Indiana Multi Agency Group Enforcement) is a multi-jurisdictional drug task force made up of officers from Steuben, LaGrange, Noble and DeKalb counties. I.M.A.G.E. investigates drug-related crimes and is funded in part by a grant from the Edward Byrne Memorial JAG Grant administered through the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. I.M.A.G.E. also receives funding through area prosecutors, law enforcement agencies, and organizations like Drug Free Noble County and other civic and community groups. The fact that a person has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation, and all persons charged with crimes are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.