ELKHART — The first week of the year brought multiple drug-related arrests that have resulted in drug dealing charges.
Rebecca Carey, 26; Thomas Peffley, 28; and James Jones, 37; were arrested Jan. 2 in the 53000 block of C.R. 9. They were later charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. They each face up to 20 years in prison.
According to the probable cause affidavit for their arrest, officers from the Indiana State Police responded to reports of a domestic dispute in progress.
When Peffley answered the door, the officers smelled meth in the house. Following an investigation, officers obtained a search warrant. During the search, police found several sources and parts of an active meth lab, as well as drug paraphernalia.
Carey, Peffley and Jones appeared in Elkhart Circuit Court on Thursday, Jan. 9, for their initial hearing. They were assigned an attorney from the public defender’s office.
Casey Schult, 44, was arrested Jan. 2 in the 200 block of Olive Avenue in Goshen after police received a tip from someone saying they could smell methamphetamine, according to the probable cause affidavit for his arrest.
When officers from the Goshen Police Department went to the house, they could detect a chemical smell associated with methamphetamine.
After obtaining a warrant, police searched the house and found several items used to manufacture meth, including packets of lithium batteries, coffee filters, drain opener and instant cold packs.
Schult told police he was visiting his friend’s house to watch how meth was made. Schult said his friend had some of the items required to manufacture meth, and Schult brought additional items.
Schult admitted he watched and helped his friend manufacture meth. Schult was formally charged with dealing in methamphetamine in Elkhart Circuit Court.
On Jan. 3, members of the Elkhart Police Department’s drug unit arrested Genoris Crawford, 37, in the 2100 block of DeCamp Avenue following a search warrant.
Police found a loaded handgun, 51.7 grams of cocaine, about $30,000, a small amount of marijuana and items used to distribute narcotics.
According to Elkhart County records, Crawford has been arrested numerous times in Elkhart County since 1995 on charges including possession of marijuana and controlled substances, public intoxication, disorderly conduct, resisting law enforcement, criminal recklessness, intimidation, operating a vehicle while intoxicated and battery.
A formal charge of dealing in cocaine was filed through Elkhart Superior Court 3.