ROCHESTER, Ind. (WLFI) - After a 3-month-long investigation by the Indiana State Police (ISP) Peru Post Meth Enforcement Team, four Rochester residents are facing a total of 14 charges.
According to ISP, at roughly 8:20 p.m. Thursday, ISP, the Fulton County Sheriff's Office and the Rochester Police Department executed a search warrant at 311 Fulton Avenue, a home roughly 870 feet from Riddle Elementary School.
ISP says during the search, investigators found an active meth lab, items commonly linked with making meth, methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
The homeowners, 37-year-old Blanford Tolbert and 32-year-old Summer Tolbert, were booked into the Fulton County Jail and face three felony charges each for maintaining a common nuisance, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and neglect of a dependent. Their bond is set at $75,000.
Two others were arrested at the home: 22-year-old Emily Thompson and 32-year-old Calvin Bridges, both of Rochester.
Thompson was booked into the jail and faces two felony charges of conspiracy to manufacture meth and reckless possession of drug paraphernalia. She also faces two misdemeanor charges for possession of marijuana under 30 grams and visiting a common nuisance. Her bond is $75,000.
Bridges was jailed on four felony charges: manufacturing meth, possession of pre-cursors, possession of meth and maintaining a common nuisance. He also had an active felony warrant out for a failure to appear in court for driving after having been deemed a habitual traffic offender. He is being held without bond.
Investigators also found four of the Tolberts' children at the home. All four were placed into the care of the Fulton County division of the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS).
The Tolberts have two additional children who were visiting friends at the time the warrant was served. They have also been placed into the care of DCS. The six children ranged in age from 5 years old to 17 years old.
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