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A Kendallville man faces multiple charges, accused of running a methamphetamine operation.

Meth was found last week in a vehicle driven by James R. Cougill, 49, and in his house during a subsequent search, according to a statement issued Wednesday by the Noble County Prosecutor's Office.

It said about 103 grams of crystal meth was found in the house and vehicle, as well as ledgers, digital scales, cash, two stolen guns, safes, cellphones and a video recorder related to the sales operation.

The statement said Cougill was charged Wednesday morning with possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine (three counts), possession of methamphetamine (greater than 3 grams) and receiving stolen property, all felonies.

He was arrested at 6:45 p.m. Thursday near Riley and East North streets in Kendallville, the statement said. It said his home in the 500 block of Oak Crest Drive was searched Friday.

The charges allege that Cougill imported the crystal meth with intent to distribute it, the statement said. It said his bond was set at $100,000.

Noble County Prosecutor Steven Clouse said agencies involved included Kendallville and Fort Wayne police, the Noble County and Allen County sheriff's departments, the Noble County Special Operations Group, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Indiana Multi Agency Group Enforcement Drug Task Force.