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UNION CITY, Ind. - On Thursday officers served search warrants at an apartment building in Union City, Indiana where they later discovered an active methamphetamine lab. Two Union City, Indiana residents were later taken into custody on multiple drug related charges.


At approximately 2:45pm, members of the Indiana State Police – Meth Suppression Unit, and members of the Union City Police – Special Entry Tactical Team simultaneously served search warrants at apartments #1 and #3 at 529 N. Howard Street in Union City, Indiana. The search warrants were the result of a joint investigation between the Indiana State Police, Union City, Indiana Police Department and the Union City, Ohio Police Department.


Melvin J.Ford III, (37 y/o, 529 N. Howard Street, apt. #1), and Karen D. Ford, (34 y/o, 529 N. Howard Street, apt. #1),were contacted and taken into custody in apartment 1. During the search, officers located an active meth lab inside their apartment. Officers learned that there were two children, (10 and 14 years of age), who lived at the residence, but they were not at home at the time of the search. The Department of Children Services was contacted and later took custody of the children.


Officers also located a meth lab and remnants of another meth lab in apartment #3, as well as a meth lab in the common area of the basement of the apartment building.


“This joint operation was successful due to the efforts of the many agencies that assisted in the investigation,” said Chief Cobie J. Wells, UCIPD. “The Meth Suppression Unit of the Indiana State Police is an amazing asset for all officers throughout the State of Indiana,and we are lucky to have them.” Along with the Indiana State Police, and Union City, Indiana and Ohio Police Departments, members of the Union City, Indiana Fire Department and Randolph County Sheriff’s Department assisted in this operation.


Both Melvin and Karen Ford were later transported to the Randolph County Jail on multiple charges.


Melvin Ford was booked on the following charges; conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine within a 1000 feet of a school, (A felony), possession of methamphetamine, (B felony), unlawful sale of precursors, (D felony), two counts of neglect of a dependent, (D felony), maintaining a common nuisance, (D felony), possession of precursors, (D felony), possession of marijuana with a previous conviction, (D felony), and reckless possession of paraphernalia, (A misdemeanor).


Karen Ford was booked on the following charges; conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine within a 1000 feet of a school, (A felony), possession of methamphetamine, (B felony), unlawful sale of precursors, (D felony), two counts of neglect of a dependent, (D felony), maintaining a common nuisance, (D felony), possession of precursors, (D felony), possession of marijuana, (A misdemeanor), and reckless possession of paraphernalia with a previous conviction, (D felony).


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