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June 18, 2014

Tip leads to drug raid

A call to Washington City Police Tuesday night about some people acting suspiciously and some odd smells wound up in a drug raid and five people being sent to jail.

City police say they received the report about the activity at 511 N. Meridian St. Apt. A, a little after 10 p.m.

"It was just a case of an alert neighbor who noticed something wrong and contacted us," said Washington Police Chief Mike Healy. "Once our guys arrived there, their training kicked in and they began to follow protocol immediately."

Police report when the first officers showed up on the scene the door to the apartment was open and it was filled with smoke and there was a strong chemical smell. "They knew right away what they had," said Healy. "That odor told them there was something in that apartment that was not supposed to be there. They called in the fire department and then got a search warrant."

Officers arrested five people at the apartment. Jesse C. Arnold, 25, of 5 W. National Highway was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of precursors and visiting a common nuisance. Marcus Wagler, 25, of 206 E. George St. was arrested for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of precursors, and visiting a common nuisance. Patience Cross, 21, of 511 N. Meridian St. was chaged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and visiting a common nuisance. Nicole Young, 29, of 404 E. Main St., Odon, was charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and visiting a common nuisance. Haley Burress, 19, of 3312 S. SR 257 was charged with visiting a common nuisance.

Burress is free on $2,500 bond. Young, Coss, Arnold and Wagler remained jailed without bond.

Police report Chaz Lengacher, 26, who lived at the apartment at 511 N. Meridian, fled the scene when police arrived. Officers say he is still at large and is wanted for questioning. At 10:42 p.m., Pam Brooks, the owner of the house reported a vehicle was stolen from her home at 625 W. Walnut Street. It is not known if the two incidents are related.

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