Austin McQuiller

Just over two weeks after the arrest of a Warsaw man in an operation by the Kosciusko County Anti-Narcotics Team (NET 43), he was again jailed for trafficking in drug.

Austin Lamarr McQuiller, 27, Warsaw, is charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with Aggravating Circumstances, a Level 5 felony; dependent negligence, a level 5 felony; maintenance of a common nuisance, a level 6 crime; and possession of paraphernalia, a Class C offense.

He was taken to Kosciusko County Jail at 12:14 a.m. on Sunday and his bail was set at $ 10,500. McQuiller had already been booked at KCJ at 4:30 a.m. on October 28.

According to the probable cause affidavit, on October 28, during NET 43’s Operation Jack-O-Lantern, an arrest warrant was executed for McQuiller’s arrest. During this arrest, McQuiller was arrested for trafficking in methamphetamine, a level 2 felony; methamphetamine trafficking with aggravating circumstances, a level 3 felony; possession of methamphetamine, a level 4 crime; and possession of methamphetamine with aggravating circumstances, a level 5 felony, according to a previous press release from the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office.

According to court documents, several police departments participated in the execution of the arrest warrant. Due to previous complaints of guns and drugs coming from each building on the property, officers split into groups and cleared each building for officers’ safety.

Sheriff’s assistants assigned to NET 43 saw McQuiller walk away from the driveway and begin to enter the two-story garage where he resides. MPs gave McQuiller verbal orders to stop. McQuiller turned and started walking towards the officers, his hands raised in the air. McQuiller said he had a handgun in a holster on his hip. McQuiller was taken into custody without incident.

Officers searched McQuiller and found a loaded syringe in the right front pocket of his pants, this field tested positive for methamphetamine and a 9mm Springfield 911 loaded with a cartridge in the chamber on his right hip in a plastic holster. black velcro.

McQuiller read his Miranda rights and agreed to speak with the officers. McQuiller said he was trying to quit meth and had not sold it for about a month. He admitted to stealing numerous items from the property. With the information on the stolen goods and the amount of drug paraphernalia, officers requested a search warrant.

Officers obtained the search warrant and served it on McQuiller.

Officers found items in the garage where McQuiller lived, including 0.23 grams of suspected methamphetamine positive white powder, pink cut straw with suspected methamphetamine positive white powder, six glass pipes with methamphetamine positive. methamphetamine, a smoking device made from a canister pill, glass bubbler, gray coin purse with small transparent bags, many transparent bags of different sizes, two digital scales with residues, a metal box with empty plastic bags with residue, 14 syringes, a brown hollow Bible with plant material, a glass smokehouse, a digital scale, five marijuana cockroaches and a 77 caliber, Winchester model long shotgun, according to court documents.

All items in the garage were accessible and within reach of a minor.

In August, Net 43 agents bought methamphetamine from McQuiller on two occasions at his home. On one of the purchases, officers could hear a child on the video / audio equipment at the time of the purchase, according to court documents.