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Neighbors react to Lafayette drug bust that recovered 7 pounds of meth

Police recovered seven pounds of methamphetamine from two men living in a Lafayette home Wednesday. It was a traffic stop a few hours earlier in Clinton County that ultimately lead police to the drug bust.

Posted: Jul 12, 2018 11:42 PM
Updated: Jul 13, 2018 10:44 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Police recovered seven pounds of methamphetamine from two men living in a Lafayette home Wednesday. It was a traffic stop a few hours earlier in Clinton County that ultimately lead police to the drug bust.

Sarah Elliott has heard horror stories when it comes to the drug epidemic in Lafayette.

"I just think it's anywhere and everywhere," said Elliott. 

However, she never thought it would hit so close to her home.

"It's just a little scary when you have younger kids and that was going on next door. And I didn't notice anything," said Elliott. 

Wednesday, police recovered nearly five pounds of meth in a home right next door to Elliott near 28th and Main streets.

"I just thought it was a larger family who lived there. But people coming and going is not something I really noticed," said Elliott. 

However, the people accused had already been arrested at a traffic stop a few hours earlier in Clinton County. There, police recovered an additional two pounds of meth and arrested Gerardo Guzman-Ortiz and a second person, who police won't yet identify.

"I thought I saw kids every now and then so that's a little bit scary sometimes for the kids," said Elliott. 

So what does the street value for seven pounds of meth look like? According to the Lafayette Police Department, it would be around $800 per ounce or $12,800 per pound if sold by the ounce. So if you break it down to $100 a gram it would be $300,000.

"I just feel like it's a really bad epidemic that's going around," said Elliott. 

Elliott said she's glad to hear police caught them and she hopes the drug task force continues to get drugs off the streets.

"I definitely think that they're really cracking down on all of that. And so you just never know what goes on in anybody's homes," said Elliott. 

Both Guzman-Ortiz and the second suspect were taken into federal custody in Marion County. Police said they both face federal narcotic charges.

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