Meth arrests

Two men were arrested over the weekend on preliminary charges of dealing in methamphetamine.
Posted on July 31, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on July 31, 2013 at 12:23 p.m.

ELKHART — Two men were arrested over the weekend and have been formally charged in separate cases involving methamphetamine labs.

Julian Hogendobler, 24, of Elkhart, was arrested early Friday morning, July 26, after police found a meth lab in his possession.

According to the probable cause affidavit for his arrest, Hogendobler was riding a bicycle at about 1:50 a.m. Friday on C.R. 13, north of U.S. 33, when Cpl. Casey Lehman of the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department stopped him for not having any lights on his bicycle.

During a search, Lehman found hypodermic needles in a plastic bag Hogendobler was carrying. Hogendobler said he was diabetic but later told the officer he had lied, and that he used the needles to inject meth.

Officers from the Interdiction and Covert Enforcement Unit arrived and looked through the other contents in Hogendobler’s bag, finding a 20-ounce bottle containing “a white sludge, a clear liquid and black specks.”

Hogendobler told police he and a friend placed the items in the bottle with the intent to manufacture meth and that he was on his way home to meet with a friend to finish “cooking off” the meth.

Hogendobler was arrested on a preliminary charge of possession of a hypodermic needle. Police tested the substance in Hogendobler’s bottle, which turned out positive for meth. Hogendobler is booked in the Elkhart County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

Early Sunday morning of Sunday, Randolf Sargent of Elkhart was taken to the hospital and later arrested after admitting he had attempted to manufacture meth.

The Elkhart police and fire departments were dispatched sometime after 12:30 a.m. Sunday, July 28, to 230 W. Jackson Blvd. in reference to an explosion and possible fire.

According to a probable cause affidavit for Sargent’s arrest, Cpl. Jason Ray of the Elkhart Police Department arrived at the scene to find smoke coming from an apartment, but could not see any fire. The officer saw fire marks in the kitchen area, where the reported explosion happened.

He was told by a resident that a man named Randolf Sargent lived in the apartment where the smoke was coming from, and when the officer looked out the window he saw a large pickup truck leaving the scene at high speed.

Less than an hour later, Sargent, 48, was found in a residence on the 400 block of Beardsley Avenue, and the large pickup truck Ray saw earlier was parked outside the residence. The fire department was called because he was having difficulty breathing, and Sargent was taken to Elkhart General Hospital.

According to the affidavit, Sargent later told police he was trying to manufacture meth in his apartment at 230 W. Jackson Blvd. when the Mountain Dew bottle he was using failed and started a fire. Sargent said he placed the bottle in the sink and threw flour at it to contain the fire, but he was burned in the attempt. He fled from the apartment before police arrived.

Sargent told police he started manufacturing meth last winter and that he usually manufactures meth for himself, but that he had exchanged meth for pseudoephedrine pills before.

Sargent gave consent for the police department to search his apartment. Officers found several items that are commonly used to manufacture meth, including pills that contain pseudoephedrine and other chemical substances. They also found coffee filters, several small plastic bags and a coffee container with a white granular substance inside.

Sargent has been formally charged with dealing in meth within 1,000 feet of a family housing complex. His initial hearing has been scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Thursday in Elkhart Circuit Court. He was booked in the Elkhart County Jail on a $150,000 bond.

Hogendobler has been formally charged with dealing in meth. His initial hearing has been scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Thursday in Elkhart Superior Court 3.


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