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November 6, 2013

Police: Crystal methamphetamine found during search for runaway

ELWOOD, Ind. —

Police said they found crystal methamphetamine, a very strong version of the illegal substance, in a home on Wednesday morning.

Three people were arrested, according to a press release from the Elwood Police Department. Tapeka Idlewine, 19; Jordyn Dugger, 18; and Terrance McGahey, 22, all of Elwood, face charges of possession of a syringe, possession of methamphetamine and possession of a controlled substance. Idlewine and Dugger also face burglary charges. As of Wednesday night, all three were still housed in the Madison County Jail.

According to the release, an Elwood officer was investigating a runaway juvenile on a separate case. During his search of an apartment in the 2200 block of South B Street, he found the three suspects, despite reports from the landlord that the unit should have been vacant.

Idlewine and Dugger, who were in the front room of the apartment, allegedly had a syringe and a spoon with meth on it. McGahey was found in a restroom, where officers found a bag of pseudoephedrine, a bag of crystal meth, and a bag containing a pill and syringes.

In a prepared statement in the release, Elwood Police Chief Sam Hanna said, “I am proud of how well (the officers) reacted today. They went looking for a runaway juvenile, were thrown a curve ball and still hit a home run. Crystal meth is more addictive than the methamphetamine we are used to battling, and this is a running start to stopping a new problem before it begins in our city.”

Elwood police Detective Scott Bertram said the Madison County Drug Task Force also assisted at the scene. He said crystal meth is especially insidious, and can be up to three times stronger than the meth police typically see in the area.

"It didn't come from here," Bertram said. "What we believe is that it came from super labs, possibly in Mexico or California, that use older methods which produce more potent stuff. It's something we want to stop immediately."

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