Investigations lead to drug arrests

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Three people were arrested on drug-related charges April 11 after monthlong investigations by the Hamilton/Boone County Drug Task Force.

James Bootier, 50, and Debra Bootier, 57, of the 500 block of Plum Street, Noblesville, were arrested as part of a three-month-long investigation into the trafficking and sale of a controlled substance in Hamilton County. The Bootiers were each charged with two counts of dealing a schedule I, II or III controlled substance, a Class B felony; and two counts of possession of a schedule I, II or III controlled substance, a Class D felony.

The drug task force made an arrest and the recovery of a methamphetamine lab after following a tip to a Thorntown home. Matthew Kanzler, 19, of the 3700 block of North Ind. 75, Thorntown, was arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine, a Class B felony, and possession of two or more precursors, a Class D felony. Investigators located the remnants of an ongoing methamphetamine manufacturing operation during the investigation.

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

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