2 men arrested on meth dealing charges

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Early Sunday morning (Feb. 10), a drug investigation, which started with anonymous tips, led officers to an apartment in Richmond and the arrest of two Richmond men on charges of dealing methamphetamine (Level 5 felony).

Indiana State Police Trooper Jacob Ridgway received information that a man wanted on a Level 5 Felony warrant for robbery might be staying in an apartment on Richmond Avenue in Richmond, according to a news release from Sgt. John Bowling.

Investigating further, Ridgway developed information that methamphetamine was possibly being dealt from that same apartment in the 100 block of Richmond Avenue, the release said.

Ridgway contacted the Richmond Police Department and Wayne County Sheriff’s Department for assistance. Both departments sent K-9 officers along with other officers to assist. Around 3 a.m. officers went to the apartment and were let in by a male subject.

Inside the apartment, officers located two males and a female along with two small children.

One of the males was found to be Kreigh Hitchell, 20, of Richmond, who was wanted on a Level 5 Felony warrant for Robbery.
Further investigation by officers led to the discovery of more than 5 grams of methamphetamine in the apartment, the release said.

Hitchell was arrested on the Level 5 felony robbery warrant and additional charges of Level 5 felony Dealing Methamphetamine over 5 grams and Possession of Methamphetamine over 5 grams; Level 6 Felony charges of Maintaining a Common Nuisance and two counts of Neglect of a Dependent. He also was charged with misdemeanor charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Paraphernalia.

Also arrested in the apartment was Daniel Burton, 36, of Richmond, charged with Level 5 Felony Dealing Methamphetamine over 5 grams and Possession of Methamphetamine over 5 grams. Burton was also charged with misdemeanor charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance and Visiting a Common Nuisance.

Both men were lodged in the Wayne County Jail. The investigation remains ongoing with further charges possible. Anyone with information about illegal drug activity may call the Indiana State Police Drug Tip Line at (800) 453-4756. Tips can be made and kept anonymous.