WARSAW — A drug investigation spanning three counties resulted in three arrests last week.
The arrests were announced in a news release from NET43, the multi-agency drug investigation team, and Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office.
On Thursday, Oct. 24, NET43 received information that a man wanted on drug charges was residing in Noble County at 1560 North CR 200 W, which is east of Papakeechie Lake.
Based upon the tip, NET43 officers, along with the Indiana State Police and the Noble County Sheriff’s Department, initiated a surveillance operation, according to a news release from the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office.
Police learned Walter A. Spriggs, 49, Cromwell, was inside the residence.
Spriggs had an arrest warrant from Wabash County for dealing methamphetamine. The search warrant was executed and Spriggs was taken into custody without incident.
On Friday, Oct. 25, NET43 investigators purchased 10.5 grams of heroin and 112 grams of methamphetamine in Marshall County. They purchased an additional 198 grams of methamphetamine from the same persons on Oct. 28. Joseph Ladd, 36, South Bend, and Kerry Perry, 37, South Bend, were taken into custody and are being held at the Marshall County Jail.
Ladd and Perry have been preliminarily charged with dealing methamphetamine. The Marshall County Drug Unit, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana State Police assisted with the apprehensions.
So far this month, NET43 has purchased, or seized, over a pound of methamphetamine, according to the news release.