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Two men have been arrested on drug charges in connection with a week-long narcotics investigation that found heroin and methamphetamine valued at about $15,000, Warsaw police said today.

In a statement, police said Jaime Alvarado, 39, of San Diego, formerly of Milford, was being held on $250,000 bond on four charges of dealing methamphetamine and dealing in a narcotic drug, conspiracy to commit a felony and possession of a narcotic drug. He was held without bond on a misdemeanor warrant from Elkhart County.

Dana Likens, 26, of Auburn, was charged with dealing meth, dealing in a narcotic drug and possession of a narcotic drug. He was being held on $100,000 bond.

Police said the arrests followed a traffic stop Wednesday morning on Indiana 15 on Warsaw's south edge.

During their investigation, police said undercover narcotics officers made a controlled purchase of heroin from a Syracuse home.

At the home, they said they located black tar heroin, crystal meth, methadone and "items associated with the sale and distribution of narcotics."

Police said they found Likens in the residence with bags of heroin and meth, and Likens told them he was buying heroin and meth from Alvarado through the mail. Police then arranged a mail purchase and retrieved it.

On Wednesday, police learned Alvarado had returned to Indiana and was being driven from Indianapolis to Warsaw, and they stopped the car.

After a police canine alerted to the presence of illegal drugs, a search found digital scales, a glass smoking pipe, white burned residue and marijuana paraphernalia, police said.

At the Kosciusko County Jail, they said a search found a mesh pouch attached to Alvarado's underwear containing bags of black tar heroin and crystal meth.

Police said Alvarado told them he was bringing heroin into the United States from Mexico.

Warsaw police were assisted by the Kosciusko County prosecutor's office, Indiana State Police, the U.S. Postal Service and the Drug Enforcement Administration.