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Tippecanoe man facing gun and theft charges

TIPPECANOE — The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, along with the L.E.A.D Drug Task Force, executed a search warrant late last week that led to the arrest of a Tippecanoe man.

Joshua R. Smith, 38, of Tippecanoe has been arrested and charged with four felonies including possession of drugs, trafficking in drugs, having weapons while under disability, and receiving stolen property.

Sheriff Ronald “Joe” Myers said the search warrant executed on Feb. 26 at Smith’s home stemmed from a trafficking in drugs investigation.

“It was a buy-bust. We had bought drugs off of him (Smith) earlier in the day and executed the search warrant later that night,” he said. “It worked out good, and we got a bunch of stuff back.”

Officers seized around 15 firearms, an undisclosed quantity of methamphetamine and numerous allegedly stolen items.

Myers said at least two of the guns recovered from Smith’s home were reported stolen. He said law enforcement also seized around a half a dozen chain saws that are believed to be stolen items.

“We’re still tracing the items,” he said.

Myers said the search warrant was served without incident.

In a release from the sheriff’s office, Myers thanked the L.E.A.D Drug Task force, which consists of officers from Harrison, Carroll, Tuscarawas and Holmes counties, for their work on the operation.

“Sheriff Myers would like to thank the L.E.A.D Drug Task Force, as well as the multiple agencies involved, for another job well done in law enforcement’s efforts to keep dangerous drugs out of our communities,” the release states.

As of Monday, Smith remained in the Harrison County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.

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