ROCHESTER, Ind. (WANE) - Police arrested four people on a total of 12 felony and two misdemeanor charges Thursday night following a three month investigation.
Officers executed a search warrant at 311 Fulton Avenue in Rochester at around 8:20 p.m. Police said they found an active methamphetamine lab, items commonly associated with the manufacturing of meth, meth, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia inside of the home, which is located about 870 feet from Riddle Elementary School.
Officers arrested the homeowners, Blanford Tolbert, 37 and Summer Tolbert, 32. The two each face the following felony charges:
- Maintaining a common nuisance
- Conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine
- Neglect of a dependent
The couple was incarcerated in the Fulton County Jail. Their bond is set at $75,000.
Officers said they found four of the Tolbert's children at the home when they executed the search warrant. All four kids were placed into the care of the Fulton County Division of the Indiana Department of Child Services.
Police said the Tolbert's have two additional children who were visiting friends at the time the warrant was served. They have also been placed into the care of child services.
The six children ranged in age from five to 17 years, according to police.
Police also arrested Emily Thompson, 22, and Calvin Bridges, 32, both from Rochester, who were inside of the home at the time.
According to police, Thompson faces:
- Two felony charges for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and reckless possession of drug paraphernalia
- Two misdemeanor charges for possession of marijuana under 30 grams and visiting a common nuisance
Thompson's bond was set at $75,000.
Bridges faces four felony charges:
- Manufacturing methamphetamine
- Possession of pre-cursors
- Possession of methamphetamine
- Maintaining a common nuisance
Police said Bridges also had an active felony warrant for failure to appear in court after being deemed a habitual traffic violator. Bridges is being held without bond.
Police encourage anyone with information about the possession, distribution, or manufacturing of methamphetamine to call the Indiana State Police Methamphetamine Tip Line anonymously at 1-800-453-4756.
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