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Drug Bust Near Vinton Elementary

The Drug Enforcement Agency says it uncovered a "big presence" of controlled substances at a home on Longlois Drive in Lafayette.

Posted: Aug 28, 2019 6:10 PM
Updated: Aug 28, 2019 7:58 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) said it uncovered a "big presence" of controlled substances at a home on Longlois Drive in Lafayette.

Officers from Jasper, White and Tippecanoe Counties also arrived at the home. The DEA said they uncovered a large number of controlled substances, but would not comment any further.

Mother of two, Julie Marsh has been living on Longlois Drive for more than three years. She said as soon as she moved in she became worried about her children's safety because of suspicious activity seen throughout the neighborhood.

"When we first moved in here there was always a lot of traffic in and out of that house and the conditions around the house were kind of run down and suspicious," said Marsh.

Just a block away, Vinton Elementary school was in lock-out after police informed them what was going to happen.

"It makes me really angry with the people that were involved because I walk my children past their house to school every day," added Marsh.

Vinton Elementary School Principal, Cindy Preston says their children's safety is the most important.

"It’s concerning because this is where we live, this is where our kids are and with a school with five hundred kids that makes it even more concerning," stated Preston.

Marsh said it is typical to see people come in and out of the house that was searched through Wednesday morning.

“I always hear cars and some of them have loud music playing and if I look out it's usually down this end of the street where that house was located," said Marsh.

Preston wants to remind the community that they taking every opportunity to make sure their students are as safe as possible.

"If we think there's an issue we've got plans ready, we practiced our plans with the kids- our communication plans so if something should happen we're ready for it," stated Preston.

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