POLICE NEWS: Suspected drug dealer charged in ICE investigation

John McLachlan

Meth dealing charges have been filed against an Elkhart man following an undercover investigation.

John McLachlan, 26, was charged with two Level 2 felony counts of dealing at least 10 grams of methamphetamine, a Level 3 felony count of possession of more than 28 grams of methamphetamine and a Level 6 felony count of resisting arrest in a case filed in Elkhart County Circuit Court on Wednesday.

McLachlan was arrested after investigators said he fled during a traffic stop and led officers from the Elkhart County Intelligence and Covert Enforcement Unit on a vehicle pursuit into Edwardsburg, Michigan, Monday, according to a probable cause affidavit in the case. Investigators said he was driving with a license plate registered to another vehicle.

McLachlan was under surveillance by ICE at the time. That came after he allegedly sold approximately 29 grams of meth to an undercover investigator for $600 at a business in Elkhart County last November, and then sold approximately 31 grams of meth for $600 during another undercover deal in December, the affidavit shows.

Following the pursuit, investigators found a baggie of about 56 grams of meth and a handgun that investigators said McLachlan and a passenger tossed from the car before it was stopped.

McLachlan is in custody at the Cass County, Michigan Jail, police information shows. An arrest warrant for him was issued out of Elkhart County Circuit Court on Wednesday, according to court information.


• Aaron Chupp, 27, 19524 C.R. 26, Goshen, was arrested by Elkhart County police and jailed on a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated following a traffic stop on the Indiana Toll Road near C.R. 17 around 2:20 a.m. Friday.

• Christina Harris, 22, 12089 C.R. 26, Middlebury, was arrested by Goshen police and jailed on a charge of theft after police responded to a call to Walmart, 4024 Elkhart Road, around 4:50 p.m. Thursday.

• Steven Hamilton, 33, 1711 Fortino Court, Elkhart, was arrested by Elkhart County police and jailed on charges of driving a vehicle with a suspended license and invasion of privacy as well as for an arrest warrant as police responded to a call alleging Hamilton violated a protective order at Broadmore Estates in Goshen around 10:15 a.m. Thursday.

• Martin Kearney, 43, South Bend, was arrested by Goshen police on a charge of possession of marijuana following a traffic stop at Lincolnway East and Reynolds Street around 10:15 a.m. Thursday. Kearney was released at the scene with a citation to appear in court.

• Goshen police arrested a 12-year-old boy on a charge of possession of marijuana at Goshen Middle School, 1216 S. Indiana Ave., around 3:30 p.m. Thursday. The boy was released to a parent with a citation to appear in juvenile court.


Mark Fitzwater, Goshen, reported to Goshen police someone he knows beat him with a baseball bat in the 500 block of Mercer Avenue around 10 p.m. Thursday. Fitzwater was taken to Goshen Hospital to receive treatment for injuries.


Jo Helmuth, Goshen, was injured when the car she was driving was struck by a pickup truck driven by Kenneth Trent, Goshen, in a parking lot near Family Dollar, 1305 College Ave., around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Goshen police said in a report.

Helmuth reported back pain but refused treatment at the scene, according to police. Trent did not report any injuries.


Jennifer Perez, New Paris, reported to Goshen police Thursday a burglary at her mother’s home in the 200 block of West Wilkinson Street in Goshen on Dec. 28.


• Staff at Kohl’s reported to Goshen police Thursday an employee’s service tablet was stolen from the store, 3802 Midway Road, around 9:15 a.m. Monday.

• Richard Hirschler, Goshen, reported to Goshen police Thursday he either lost his wallet or it was stolen at Chase Bank, 401 S. Main St., around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.


Shaunna Searfoss, Goshen, reported to Goshen police someone entered her home in the 1000 block of Van Gilst Drive without permission sometime Thursday afternoon or evening.


Holly Jenkins, 41, Goshen, was deemed absent without leave after staff at the Elkhart County Work Release center in Goshen reported to Elkhart County police she failed to return to custody on Wednesday.


Bryce Rheinheimer, Goshen, reported to Goshen police his vehicle was struck by another vehicle while it was parked at Applebee’s, 1807 Rieth Blvd., around 7:40 p.m. Thursday. The driver of the other vehicle left the scene without exchanging information.

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