Four face drug charges after North Manchester bust

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Four people were arrested on drug charges as a result of a traffic stop in North Manchester Saturday.

At around 9:41 p.m. Saturday, North Manchester Police officer Devin Bechtold conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Jessica L. Honeycutt, 33, Rochester, near the intersection of Second and Washington streets in North Manchester.

Sgt. Nate Birch and K-9 Strider were called to conduct an open-air sniff on the vehicle, with Strider providing a positive alert for the presence of illegal narcotics, according to a NMPD news release. During a search, officers found multiple individually wrapped bags of methamphetamine, multiple hypodermic syringes and paraphernalia.

Honeycutt and two passengers, Morgen J. Rowe, 34, Plainfield, and Daniel L. Kochenour, 35, Roann, were arrested and taken to the Wabash County Jail, the release states.

Honeycutt and Rowe were charged with possession of methamphetamine and illegal possession of a syringe. Rowe also had an active parole warrant for escape. Kochenour was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and illegal possession of a syringe.

During the investigation, officers discovered the vehicle came from a house that allegedly possessed more methamphetamine, the release states.

A search warrant was obtained by NMPD and served in the 200 block of South Mill Street in North Manchester. The release states the search yielded marijuana, methamphetamine and paraphernalia. Yvonne S. Cox, 60, North Manchester, the tenant of the house and only occupant, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance.

Assisting the NMPD were the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department and Wabash County Drug Task Force.