Monthslong drug investigation leads to arrest of Warsaw man

Austin Zarse
Austin Zarse(Staff)
Published: May. 19, 2022 at 1:53 PM EDT
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KOSCIUSKO COUNTY, Ind. (WPTA) - A 3-month drug investigation led to a pursuit in Kosciusko County and the arrest of a Warsaw man who has been charged with eight felonies, the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department says.

Austin Nathaniel Zarse, 27, was involved in a pursuit with Indiana State Police Monday night after a State Trooper saw his Jeep commit a moving violation going north on Indiana 15, State Police said Wednesday. When the trooper approached the car, police say Zarse sped off. Zarse crashed his Jeep into a ditch filled with 3-feet of water, causing the Jeep to stall. Officers say they saw Zarse dump bags of an unknown substance into the water.

Police had been conducting a drug investigation involving Zarse, Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department said. The investigation included undercover purchases of methamphetamine, totaling approximately 176.28 grams, and a 9mm handgun from Zarse, police said.

Zarse was additionally charged with three counts of dealing methamphetamine in excess of 10 grams, three counts of possession of methamphetamine in excess of 28 grams, possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, and resisting law enforcement. Zarse was in the Kosciusko County Jail with a $150,000 bond.

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