A pair of months-long drug investigation by the Starke County Sheriff’s Office resulted in a total of five arrests, the discovery of crystal meth with a street value of more than $23,000 and a homemade bomb in Koontz Lake Thursday.
Officers from multiple agencies served warrants at two separate residences in the 7000 block of Frost Lane in Walkerton around 9 a.m. , according to news releases from the sheriff’s office. They reportedly found 234 grams of crystal meth, marijuana, paraphernalia, other unspecified drugs, ammunition and $400 in cash at a home occupied by 46-year-old Troy Bell and 31-year-old Natasha Bell, both of Walkerton. They face charges of dealing and possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of a Schedule 4 drug, possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance. K-9 Terror assisted with that search.
While serving the second warrant, officers found a homemade bomb, methamphetamine, paraphernalia and precursors. Officers from the Porter County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad and Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab Team were called in to assist. Officers arrested 21-year-old Thomas McEndarfer and 24-year-old Hillary Robinson, both of Walkerton, on charges of dealing and possession of methamphetamine, possession of a destructive device, possession marijuana, paraphernalia and an illegal drug lab and maintaining a common nuisance. Corey Scott, 21, of Walkerton, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance.
The Knox, Hamlet and Indiana State Police assisted the Starke County Sheriff’s Office with the service of both warrants.