Noble County Meth Lab Bust Nets 4 Arrests

By Ruth Anne Lipka, Times-Union Lifestyles Editor

Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department Detective Sgt. Sam Whitaker (L) and Syracuse Police Officer Calvin Kline (R) talk to Gary Miller outside his home on Oak Street in Syracuse. Photo by Gary Nieter, Times-Union

Investigators looking for stolen furniture and guns got more than they bargained for Wednesday when they confiscated what is believed to be a methamphetamine laboratory in Noble County. Four people were arrested in connection with the investigation.

The search began at a Syracuse home, where police served a search warrant to look for guns and antique furniture believed to be located there. The items were reportedly taken during a Noble County residential burglary.

Some of the alleged stolen items were discovered in the Syracuse house and outbuildings at the property, where officers also reportedly found methamphetamine and items associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Information obtained at that residence then led police to two other Syracuse homes, where additional items taken from the Noble County burglary were found, and to a Ligonier residence, where more guns were recovered and an alleged methamphetamine lab was seized.

Arrested in Kosciusko County were Gary L. Miller, 45, of 1004 N. Harrison St., Syracuse, and Judith Marie Martinez, 41, of 520 Turtle Bay Drive, Syracuse.

Miller is out on bond after being arrested May 6 when police seized a methamphetamine lab at his Husky Trail, Warsaw, home. He is charged with possession of a controlled substance, a Class B felony, and theft/receiving stolen property, a Class D felony. He is being held in the Kosciusko County Jail without bond.

Martinez is charged with theft/receiving stolen property, a Class D felony. She also is being held in lieu of bond in the KCJ.

Arrested in Noble County were Terry Horan, 44, and Bianca Grubbs, 37, both of 2544 N. CR 800W, Ligonier, who are each charged with theft/receiving stolen property and manufacturing methamphetamine. No bond information was available for Horan or Grubbs, who are being held in the Noble County Jail.

Kosciusko County Sheriff Aaron Rovenstine said this investigation was successful thanks to the cooperation of departments whose officers traded information to garner the arrests. The investigation included officers from Kosciusko and Noble county sheriff’s departments and Syracuse Police Department. It was initiated by the Kosciusko County Drug Task Force.

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