Welfare check leads to three meth arrests

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LAGRANGE, Ind. (WANE) – Three people are behind bars facing several drug charges after what started as a welfare check on a juvenile.

LaGrange County Sheriff’s and town officers went to Autumn Grove Trailer Park lot 663 to check on a juvenile living there. The community is located at 1820 W 200 N in LaGrange.

During the welfare check, police said the juvenile’s father, Nathan Strang, was in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Officers said Strang resisted arrest so he could try to destroy the meth evidence. But, officers were able to get Strang into custody before any evidence was destroyed.

There was also a vehicle parked outside with Travis Harlan of Sturgis, Michigan and Tanecia Moore of LaGrange inside. The Topeka Police Department K-9 unit was called in and the dog detected narcotics inside the vehicle. Police then found marijuana, methamphetamine, syringes, drug paraphernalia, and a large amount of small individual baggies often used in narcotic sales.

All three people are now in jail. Strang was arrested on Possession of Methamphetamine, a Level 6 Felony, Neglect of a Dependant, a Level 6 Felony, Resisting Law Enforcement, a Class A Misdemeanor, and Possession of Paraphernalia, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Harlan and Moore were both arrested and charged with Dealing Marijuana, a Level 6 Felony, Possession of Methamphetamine, a Level 6 Felony, Possession of Hypodermic Needles, a Level 6 Felony, Possession of Marijuana over 30 grams, a Class A Misdemeanor, Possession of Paraphernalia, a Class A Misdemeanor, and Maintaining/Visiting a Common Nuisance, a Level 6 Felony and a Class B Misdemeanor.

The LaGrange County Department of Child Services also assisted at the scene, but the status of the juvenile wasn’t released.

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