Kokomo couple arrested for manufacturing meth with children in house

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Photo credit: Miami County Sheriff's Office

Photo credit: Miami County Sheriff’s Office

MIAMI COUNTY, Ind. (July 17, 2015) – Two Kokomo residents were arrested on multiple charges after a joint criminal investigation by officers from the CLEAN Team and the Howard County Drug Task Force

According to a release by the state police, officers from the CLEAN Team served Howard Superior Court I arrest warrants on Kevin Herrell, 28, and Kristy Herrell, 30, at their Miami County residence.

When officer’s approached the residence, Kristy was outside and Kevin was inside an attached garage.

Kristy ran into the residence, and officers chased her.

They found her hiding in an upstairs bedroom with two nine-years-old girls and a ten-year-old girl.

When officers approached Kevin, he was allegedly holding a plastic bottle containing an active methamphetamine lab. The lab was in the cooking process.

He refused to put the bottle down when ordered to by officers.

Kevin was allegedly shaking the bottle and pretending to throw it towards the officers. The officers took Kevin to the ground, and after a brief struggle, they took possession of the lab.

Kevin and Kristy were arrested and taken to the Miami County Jail.

They each face criminal charges for neglect of a dependent (three counts), resisting law enforcement, possession of chemical precursors, maintaining a common nuisance, and possession of a hypodermic needle.

Kevin faces an additional charge for manufacturing methamphetamine.

Kristy faces two additional charges for conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of marijuana.

The children were transported to Dukes Memorial Hospital for a medical evaluation. They were eventually released and transferred to the Indiana Department of Child Services.

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