By Dan Spalding
WARSAW – A recent drug bust on South Union Street in Warsaw has led authorities to condemn a home and force an elderly man to move out.
The city code enforcement officer and the Kosciusko County Health Department were alerted by police after a search warrant was issued, saying the house at 316 S. Union St. had become a center for illegal drug activity.
Authorities received a court order to search the property and found that two toilets were not working and that residents were using buckets and containers to hold human waste. The home’s residents were also using the stove to heat the home.
The health department has since condemned the home and officials said they will be checking Tuesday to see if the elderly man had moved out.
Two people are facing drug charges.
Jason Lee Busz, 40, 316 S. Union St., Warsaw; and Kimberly K. Busz, 35, are both facing various drug charges connected to meth. Police found dozens of used needles and a small amount of meth in the home.
Both have been previously convicted on meth-related charges.
Jason Busz has already been arrested. An arrest warrant for Kim Busz has been issued.
The Union Street home is owned by Kimberly Busz’ elderly father.
In another matter, code enforcement was alerted to the fact water had been turned off at a rental house at 2231 E. Jefferson St.
The property had previous issues a year ago, but officials learned some of the windows have been sealed shut with screws, which is a violation.
The property owner, Lane Lingofelter, said he’s in the process of evicting the family because they have fallen behind on rent.
Repairs and an update on other issues can begin after the tenant is removed, he said.
The next code enforcement hearing will be 10 a.m. April 13.