Traffic stop nabs alleged drug dealer

James Cougill
Mug shot of James Cougill provided by the Noble County Prosecutor.

KENDALLVILLE, Ind. (WANE)  Authorities believe a Kendallville man intended to deal a significant amount of methamphetamine and a search of his home resulted in the discovery of stolen guns as well as a portion of the drugs and related paraphernalia.

Wednesday morning, James R. Cougill, 49, was charged with three felony counts related to his arrest.

An investigation conducted by multiple law enforcement agencies including the Fort Wayne Police Department, the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, the Noble County Sheriff’s Department, the Noble County Special Operations Group the DEA, the U.S. Postal Service and the Indiana Multi-Agency Group Enforcement Task Force resulted in a traffic stop on April 3, where police found some of the meth in the vehicle Cougill was driving.

A search of Cougill’s home turned up more drugs, two stolen guns, safes, coins, currency, ledgers, scales and a video recorder.  Investigators believe Cougill had imported the meth.  In all 103 grams of meth was found, which is just over three-and-a-half ounces.

A judge set bail for Cougill at $100,000 during his initial court appearance on Wednesday.


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