2 separate drug investigations lead to 5 arrests in Peru

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PERU, Ind. – Two separate investigations led to the arrest of five people on various drug charges in Peru Friday.

Shana Kunkle, 21, Gregory Yike, 25, and Nicholas Army, 31, were arrested during the first investigation at an apartment in the 2900 block of South Hilltop Drive.

While at the apartment officers say they observed evidence that Yike had tried to strangle Kunkle. Police say they also saw possible illegal drug use.

During a search of the apartment, officers say they found synthetic marijuana, meth and drug paraphernalia. Officers also found Army hiding in a couch. Police say he was wanted on a body attachment warrant.

Kunkle, Yike and Army were transported to the Miami County Jail.

  • Kunkle was charged with possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance, assisting a criminal, possession of a synthetic look-a-like substance and possession of paraphernalia.
  • Yike was charged with possession of methamphetamine and strangulation.
  • Army was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

A separate investigation resulted in the arrest of Weston Baber, 22, and Melinda Wethington, 25.

They were arrested after a probation check at a home in the 200 block of West Fifth Street.

When officers entered the home, they say they saw indicators of drug use. During a search of the home, officers say they found syringes and drug paraphernalia. The investigation also revealed that Wethington had an active arrest warrant issued from Miami Superior Court II.

Wethington and Baber were arrested and sent to the Miami County Jail.

  • Wethington faces charges for maintaining a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia.
  • Baber faces charges of possession of a syringe, possession of paraphernalia and visiting a common nuisance.

Both Baber and Wethington were on probation at the time of their arrests.

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