A Goshen man and woman face drug dealing and child neglect charges following an investigation where more than a pound of methamphetamine was found in their home.
Jeriman Resendez, 38, and Amanda Cruea, 35, both of 115 W. Plymouth Ave., were arrested Monday as part of an investigation by the Elkhart County Intelligence and Covert Enforcement Unit. Resendez is jailed with a $500,000 bond on several charges, including dealing methamphetamine, neglect of a dependent, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon. Cruea is jailed with a $200,000 bond on charges of dealing meth, neglect of a dependent, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of meth with intent to distribute.
After receiving a tip last July, ICE investigators watched the house and used so-called “trash pulls” to collect evidence, including a suspected ledger, between last month and this month. On Monday night, Resendez and Cruea were pulled over in Elkhart, while investigators with a warrant searched their home, according to details in the probable cause affidavit in the case.
Police said four children, aged 10 and younger, were found alone in the house. Investigators also found hypodermic needles, baggies of meth and pipes on a coffee table; an apparent ledger in one room; weapons and more baggies of meth in a bedroom; and meth and marijuana in a purse, along with drug paraphernalia, in the basement, according to the affidavit.
A little more than a pound of meth and two ounces of marijuana were found in the home, police said in the affidavit.
As Resendez and Cruea were booked into Jail, the children were apparently taken into Indiana Department of Child Services custody, according to the affidavit.
Formal charges in the case are expected to be filed in Elkhart County Circuit Court.
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