Drug task force arrest two

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On Feb. 20, the Hamilton/Boone County Drug Task Force located a suspected ongoing methamphetamine manufacturing operation. Following tip information, agents arrested Joby Merrill, 38, after a search of his Lebanon home found the remnants of a meth lab.

Merrill has been charged with allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine, a Class A felony; possession of methamphetamine, a Class B felony; and possession of precursors, a Class D felony. Merrill was also found in possession of heroin and charged with an alleged count of possession of a controlled substance, a Class D felony; and maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D felony. Detectives also located several suspected stolen items at the home, and Merrill was also charged with allegedly receiving stolen property, a Class D felony.

Also arrested at the home was Charisse Hughes, 35, on one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor; and one count of visiting a common nuisance, a Class B misdemeanor.

The Hamilton/Boone County Drug Task Force consists of officers from Carmel, Fishers, Lebanon and Zionsville police departments with support from the Hamilton/Boone County Prosecutor’s offices. Anyone wishing to report any type of illegal drug activity is invited to call the Drug Hotline at 571-2545. Callers may remain anonymous.

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