A Merrillville couple faces drug charges in Starke County following a multi-agency meth bust in Koontz Lake Monday evening. Deputies from the Starke County Sheriff’s Office responded to a complaint of drug activity at a Eureka Street residence around 5:15 p.m., according to a news release.
They were given written consent to search the residence, and K-9 Terror detected and found methamphetamine and paraphernalia. Officers also found several items used to make meth inside the home and a burnt one-pot meth lab and other manufacturing-related items in an outdoor burn barrel.
Sally Mills, 37, and Donald Mills III, 36, both of Merrillville, were arrested on preliminary charges of dealing methamphetamine, possession of precursors, possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia.
Several other people were arrested as well on visiting a common nuisance charges. They include: Virgil Binion, 50, Monterey; Alexis Houston, 25, Fort Wayne; William Redlin, 20, Walkerton; Carter Scutchfield, 39, Mishawaka; and Robert Gardner, 34, Walkerton. He’s also charged with possession of marijuana.
Officers from the Walkerton Police Department, Indiana State Police and the Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab Team assisted with the investigation.
Editor’s note: A previous version of the story listed Charlotte Binion, 49, Monterey as arrested for visiting a common nuisance. That is incorrect. She received medical attention but was not arrested Monday night, according to the Starke County Sheriff’s Office. WKVI News regrets the error and any confusion it may have caused.