Police looking for wanted man end up arresting another for drugs

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HOWE, Ind. (WANE) – The LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department and LaGrange Police Department attempted to locate a wanted man, but arrested another man for drug possession instead.

According to the sheriff’s department, police were looking for a wanted subject at the Pioneer Trailer Park on State Road 9 Monday night. As officers knocked on the door at Lot 60 they spotted Richard D. Gartin, Jr through a window attempting to hide items in a chair.

Gartin answered the door and allowed officers to enter the mobile home. As they searched the residence they discovered a small bag of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in the char.

Gartin was arrested and initially charged with possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia.

Police never located the man they were initially looking for.

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