Police arrest 4 after related raids net guns, drugs and cash

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Police conducted two drug raids within an hour of each other Thursday morning, just two miles apart.

In the first raid around 7:30 a.m., authorities served a drug warrant 1101 Stophlet Street and arrested Shane McLaughlin, 35, and Kimberly Fields, 43, on multiple felony drug charges.

The second raid happened at 1611 Spring Street around 8 a.m. There, seven adults and two children were found inside, and officials were seen removing animals from the home. Police arrested James Martz, Sr., and Aaron Stefanksi while they detained the other five adults while a thorough search of the home was conducted.

The Indiana DCS was called in to remove the two children from the situation along with three other children that were at school at the time of the raid.

Between both homes, police seized 10.7 grams of methamphetamine, 40 grams of marijuana drug, 0.4 grams of fentanyl, paraphernalia, digital scales, guns and ammunition, a drug ledger, and $2,800 in cash.

Officers confirmed to WANE 15 that both raids were connected, though at this time it’s unclear why.

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