Eight Putnam County residents, ranging in age from 19 to 31, were arrested early Friday after authorities executed a search warrant on an East Side Greencastle residence.
Using what they termed "reliable and trustworthy informants," the Greencastle City Police went to 1057-1/2 Avenue E, reportedly the residence of Jacob Neal Skinner, 28, and Barbara L. Hollingsworth, 31.
Police said they had an active arrest warrant on Skinner, which allowed them to obtain a search warrant for the residence.
With GPD Assistant Chief Brian Hopkins and Officer Darrel R. Bunten leading the investigation, the Greencastle Emergency Response Team (ERT) and members of the Plainfield ERT served the search warrant at 4:30 a.m., making the eight drug-related arrests without incident.
According to GPD reports, authorities "immediately detained" Skinner and Hollings-worth along with six associates also on the premises: Renee Lee Capps, 28, Kyle Anton Dobbs, 27, Cyle Duncan, 26, Jessica Bushong, 26, and Nicholas Boswell, 19, all of Greencastle; and Brian Winslow, 20, Fillmore.
In the process of executing the warrant, Greencastle Police Chief Tom Sutherlin said investigators reportedly found "in plain view" such drug-related items as syringes, small bags of a crystallized substance consistent with methamphetamine and a spoon with burnt residue.
Also discovered inside the home were "items used as tourniquets to inject methamphetamine."
All eight suspects were taken to Putnam County Jail and held on the following preliminary charges, pending review by the Putnam County Prosecutor's Office:
Skinner -- Possession of a syringe, maintaining a common nuisance.
Hollingsworth -- Maintaining a common nuisance.
Capps and Winslow -- Possession of paraphernalia, visiting a common nuisance.
Duncan -- Probation violation, visiting a common nuisance.
Dobbs, Bushong and Boswell -- Visiting a common nuisance.
Ten hours after their arrest, Duncan, Boswell and Winslow reportedly were still considered too intoxicated to be officially booked into the jail, authorities said.