Three arrested on synthetic drug charges in Kosciusko County

A tip led police to investigate a synthetic drug operation involving a North Webster gentlemen’s club.

(J. Tyler Klassen/The Elkhart Truth)

Posted on Sept. 1, 2014 at 1:49 p.m.

Three people are facing felony charges after an undercover investigation into a synthetic drug ring involving a gentlemen’s club in Kosciusko County.

Warsaw police followed a tip on Aug. 14 that someone was planning to purchase methadone pills from 35-year-old Michelle A. Stimmel of Kimmell, according to a report from Stacey Page Online.

Officers followed the purchaser to Stimmelator’s Gentlemen’s Club in North Webster, where the purchaser met with Stimmel.

During the transaction, police recorded Stimmel’s father, Samuel Stimmel, who owns the club, discussing synthetic drugs and synthetic drug prices in Elkhart County, Stacey Page Online reports.

Investigators learned from an anonymous source that Samuel Stimmel had been providing funding to Michelle Stimmel for the production of synthetic drugs. Michelle Stimmel provided the plant material for the drugs and produced the drugs.

After Michelle Stimmel prepared the drugs, she gave them to two Syracuse men to sell.

Michelle Stimmel and the two distributors all face multiple felony charges.

For more information about Stimmel’s accomplices and charges, read the full story at StaceyPageOnline.com.


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