2 Arrested On Meth Charges, Police Searching For 3rd Suspect

KCSD Press Release- Kosciusko County officers arrest two individuals this week on meth related charges while they continue to search for a third suspect. Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded early Monday morning at 3:42 a.m. to the area of County Road 450 North & Brown Road in regards to a suspicious vehicle.  Upon arrival, a male occupant of the vehicle fled on foot from the vehicle, while a passenger was taken into custody.  Kosciusko County Drug Task Force officers arrested and preliminarily charged Nicole Lynn Winstead, 27, Claypool, with felony dealing methamphetamine, possession of meth precursors, and manufacturing methamphetamine after locating a portable meth lab inside the vehicle.  Winstead was also determined to have an active misdemeanor warrant for theft.  Officers were also able to determine the identity of the male subject that had fled as being that of Kane Edward Hively, 27, Warsaw.  Winstead is currently being held on a $4,500 bond in the Kosciusko County Jail, while officers have currently obtained an arrest warrant for Hively.

D.T.F. officers were also contacted last night after Mentone officers approached a residence near the intersection of State Road 19 and County Road 200 South and detected the odor associated with the production of methamphetamine.  The homeowner returned shortly afterwards, identified as Billy Laurance Baldridge, 41, Mentone.  Baldridge was subsequently arrested and preliminarily charged with felony manufacturing methamphetamine after officers located a meth lab inside his residence.  Baldridge is currently being held on a $4,000 bond at the Kosciusko County Jail.

Members of the Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab Team were summoned to both locations to secure the methamphetamine labs.  Along with the Mentone Police Department, officers with the Warsaw Police Narcotic Task Force and the Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s Office assisted in the various arrests. The Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s Office advises that the defendant’s charge is merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.