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South Bend Police seize drugs, weapons in home May 12, 2010

Posted by southbendpolice in Community Announcements, Feature Stories, In The News.
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By MARY KATE MALONE Tribune Staff Writer

This story was originally posted at 9:56 p.m. May 11, 2010

South Bend Police Narcotics officers raided a house on Monday May 10th in the 1100 block of North O’Brien street. Inside the house, police found approximately 2,400 Ecstasy pills, 10 pounds of marijuana and loaded weapons, including three pistols and a Mini 30 semi-automatic rifle, police said.

Lt. David Ryans said the bust was among the 10 largest he has made in 10 years with the St. Joseph County’s drug unit, Metro Special Operations Section, which made the drug seizure.

Police were initially called to the house for a fight between a 25-year-old man and a woman.
Officers arrested the man, who lived at the house, on suspicion of domestic battery. Police then noticed marijuana in plain view.

Narcotics officers searched the house after obtaining a search warrant, leading them to the drugs and guns.

The Ecstasy had a street value of at least $25,000, Ryans said.

“Just by the amount of marijuana and Ecstasy, the weapons in the house were, I believe, meant to protect those drugs.”

Children may have lived in the house, Ryans said. Investigators found children’s clothes and diapers during their search.

No charges have been filed in connection with the drug bust, but the case was forwarded to the St. Joseph County prosecutor’s office, police said.

“We took some dangerous weapons and drugs off the street,” Ryans said. “If we can get them off the street, that’s what we’re working for.”

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