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5 jailed in 2 city meth busts

West State probe ends with couple fighting in yard

– Fort Wayne police officers made a total of five methamphetamine-related arrests this week.

In the first case, four people living in a West State Boulevard home were arrested Tuesday after police tried to break up a fight they witnessed while conducting surveillance, Fort Wayne police said.

In the other case, a 55-year-old Wilderness Road man was arrested Wednesday on several felony counts after police were sent to his home regarding suspicious activity involving drugs, a report said.

Arrested Tuesday were Mark Teusch, 48, Danielle Fawley, 41, Toree Riddle, 23, and Ryan Thompson, 25.

Fort Wayne police vice and narcotics were wrapping up an investigation into meth production and use at 725 W. State Blvd. with surveillance Tuesday when they saw a fight between Fawley and Thompson in the backyard.

As officers approached to investigate, Thompson ran from police but was caught on Goshen Road and found trying to hide meth in a dryer vent of a nearby house, the report said.

Teusch was in possession of the drug the day before and had been identified by police as the “meth cook,” the report said.

The Board of Health determined that the home was unsafe for occupancy and it was condemned, the report said.

Teusch was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of two or more precursors, maintaining a common nuisance and dumping controlled waste, all felonies, and misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia. His bond is set at $58,250.

Fawley was charged with manufacturing meth, possession of two or more precursors, dumping controlled waste and possession of meth. She was also charged with battery and possession of paraphernalia, both misdemeanors. Her bond is $59,000, the report said.

Riddle was charged with manufacturing meth, possession of two or more precursors, possession of paraphernalia, visiting a common nuisance and battery. Her bond is $54,750, police said.

Thompson was charged with manufacturing meth, dumping controlled waste, possession of two or more precursors, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of paraphernalia and resisting law enforcement by fleeing on foot. His bond is set at $59,000, the report said.

David Knepper, arrested in the other case on Wednesday, is charged with manufacturing meth, meth possession, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia and was being held on $55,750 bond.

Knepper’s arrest came after police were called to 3035 Wildnerness Road, near Dupont Road on the city’s north end, because of suspicious activity and someone who possibly had a warrant, a report said.

Officers were permitted inside and found Knepper hiding in a bathroom. Officers also found several pieces of aluminum foil used to ingest drugs, the report said. A bag containing methamphetamine was found in the bathroom and a one-pot meth lab was also found. Knepper told police he allows people to come to his home to make the illegal drug, the report said.

Because of the condition of the home – no running water, waste collecting in the toilets, exposed wiring – Neighborhood Code and the health department were called and declared the home unsuitable for occupation.