Tip leads to three morphine-dealing arrests

Photo courtesy Warsaw Police Department: Jennifer Moore (left), Leroy Houchin (center), Kari Huges (right)

WARSAW, Ind. (WANE) – Three people are in jail after police say they were involved with dealing morphine. One suspect was also found growing marijuana, according to police.

Police got a tip about morphine being sold out of an apartment on Warsaw’s northeast side on Thursday. Undercover Warsaw Narcotics Officers went to the apartment at 163 N. 175 and came across a woman leaving the apartment who seemed to by trying to hide a bottle of pills.

Police got the bottle from 25-year-old Jennifer Moore and found eight morphine pills in it. According to the police report, she did not have a prescription for the drugs.

Officers continued to the apartment of Leroy Houchin, 46. Police said he admitted to trading Moore morphine pills for marijuana. Police also found marijuana paraphernalia and marijuana growing operation at Houchin’s apartment.

Both Moore and Houchin were taken into custody. They were booked on a class B felony and charged with dealing and possessing a schedule II controlled substance.

Houchin was also charged with conspiracy to commit a felony (selling marijuana) and possession of marijuana. Moore and Houchin were being held at the Kosciusko County Jail on $10,000 surety bonds as of Friday afternoon.

The investigation at Houchins home also led to the arrest of Kari Hughes, 35, a Leesburg resident. She is accused of exchanging Percocet for morphine in a transaction with Houchin earlier in the day. She was arrested on a charge of dealing and was held with no bond.

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