Police arrest several people in Muncie on drug, animal cruelty charges

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From left to right: Cheryl Cross, Rex Kreager, Jeremiah Lyons and Cheri Minnick

UPDATE:

In Jan. 2017, Rex Kreager was sentenced to 24 months in prison, suspended on successful completion of drug court. Cheri Minnick pleaded guilty to resisting law enforcement and was sentenced to 47 days in prison in May 2017. The cases against Jeremiah Lyons, Derek Dudelston and Cheryl Cross have been dismissed, according to the Delaware County Prosecutor’s Office.

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MUNCIE, Ind. (April 11, 2016)– Muncie police arrested several people Friday on drug and animal cruelty charges.

According to police, a person who lives in an apartment on West Adams Street called because he smelled a strong chemical odor coming from the downstairs apartment. He said it was so strong it was giving him a headache. He also has two small children living in the apartment.

Muncie police responded and immediately smelled what they believed to be methamphetamine. Jeremiah Lyons answered the door and was placed under arrest. When police attempted to get other people out of the apartment, police say Cheri Minnick jumped out of a window.

Police went into the basement where, according to court documents,  the “chemical odor got stronger and a white cloud of smoke came from the area.”

Police found several syringes. They also found at least one “one-pot” cook that was “about halfway through the process.”

A small pit bull puppy was also found inside a cage and taken to the animal shelter.

Cheryl Cross, Cheri Minnick, Jeremiah Lyons, Rex Kreager and Derek Dudelston face charges of cruelty to an animal, dealing in methamphetamine, visiting a common nuisance, possession of meth, and possession of chemical reagents or precursors.