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4 held on Steuben meth charges

Four people have been arrested on meth-related charges after Steuben County sheriff's deputies visited a Hamilton home early today, the sheriff's office said.

In a statement, the department said sheriff's deputies responded to a complaint about a suspicious vehicle parked in the driveway of a home in the 4100 block of East Bellefountaine Road.

The four people were found inside the home along with items commonly used to make methamphetamine, the statement said.

After a search warrant was obtained, it said, police found suspected meth and drug paraphernalia, as well as more items commonly used to make meth.

Police arrested Aaron S. Brown, 36, on felony charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of two or more precursors with intent to manufacture methamphetamine and a misdemeanor charge of possession of paraphernalia.

They arrested Leslie J. Swindell, 34, Joseph Cotrell, 34, and Amy J. Miller, 39, on felony charges of aiding in manufacturing meth, possession of meth, possession of two or more precursors with intent to manufacture meth and a misdemeanor charge of possession of paraphernalia.

Miller also had an outstanding arrest warrant from Williams County, Ohio, police said.

Each was held at the county jail on $157,500 bond.

The sheriff's office said it was assisted by Indiana State Police and the Hamilton Town Marshal's Office.