What’s being described as possibly the largest heroin bust in Kosciusko County history was made last night by officers of Warsaw Police and Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department officers.
Officers from both departments worked together Wednesday on what initially began as a controlled purchase of heroin. Officers then obtained information of a possible methamphetamine lab at the location of 2259 Chapman Lake Dr., Warsaw. At that location, officers did locate an active meth lab and a HCL generator.
Arrested was Shawn Luther Morton, 50, Warsaw, on a preliminary charge of felony dealing and manufacturing methamphetamine over 3 grams. His bond was set at $20,000.
Morton’s wife, Dawn Ellen Morton, 47, Warsaw, was also arrested in their residence on a preliminary charge of felony dealing and manufacturing methamphetamine. Her bond was set at $20,000.
Officers subsequently located marijuana and paraphernalia at the residence as the Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab Team secured the scene due to the active lab.
Undercover officers from Warsaw and the KCSD returned to the original heroin purchase and arrested Adam Perry Shay, 21, Elkhart, on a preliminary charge of felony possession of a Schedule I, II, or III controlled substance. His bond has been set at $2,000.
Shay’s arrest eventually led officers to the Whispering Pines Mobile Home Park located south of Leesburg. Officers from the Warsaw/Kosciusko County SWAT team converged on Lot 151 shortly before 1:25 a.m. this morning, taking several individuals into custody. Those included:
- Darshawn Julius Moore, 19, Chicago, preliminarily charged with visiting a common nuisance. Bond: $350
- William Kim Sanford, 34, Warsaw, preliminarily charged with dealing in a narcotic drug. Bond: $20,000
- Rachel A. Truex, 30, Warsaw, preliminarily charged with dealing in a narcotic drug. Bond: $20,000
SWAT team members and undercover officers located two firearms inside the residence along with over 100 small bags containing heroin. Officers also located two juveniles at the mobile home, one of whom was transported to a juvenile detention facility due to the alleged involvement in the distribution of the heroin.
Warsaw and Kosciusko County undercover officers stated that this appeared to be the largest amount of heroin ever seized during an arrest within the county. Officers also stated that the investigation is still active and that additional arrests are possible.
The multiple arrests and sting operation was the result of joint investigation by the Warsaw Police Department, Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department, and the Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s Office.