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October 16, 2013

Four arrested following lead from GPD tip line

GREENSBURG – A recent tip to the Greensburg Police Department (GPD) tip line led to a search warrant being issued for an apartment at Tree City Estates, which resulted in the arrests of four individuals in the evening hours of October 11.

A concerned community member called the GPD tip line to report suspicions that Wendy Sweet, 33, and Quentin Reed, 28, were involved in the possession, use and dealing of illegal drugs. The tip instigated an investigation, where more information was gathered. After obtaining a search warrant, officers and detectives from GPD, the Westport Town Marshalls and Westport’s canine unit, Keno, traveled to the family housing complex to execute the warrant. The presence of several children was noted outside the apartment.

When both Reed and Sweet failed to answer the door, it was kicked in by officers, according to a police report summarizing the case. The residence was quickly secured and law enforcement officials located Sweet hiding in her son’s bedroom. In the master bedroom, officers found suspects Amanda Coomer, 26, and Jason Barnard, 41. Reed was located in the bathroom of the apartment. All suspects were secured in handcuffs and moved to the living room during the search and Reed was informed there was an arrest warrant for him related to a previous theft charge. All were then transferred to the Decatur County Jail without incident, according to a press release from the Greensburg Police Department received by the Daily News Tuesday.

The search turned up a number of illegal items in the residence. Coomer allegedly had two syringes, two spoons and a knife in her possession. Also in the master bedroom, between the mattress and box spring, was a plastic container holding what field tests identified to be methamphetamines. Digital scales covered in methamphetamine residue, a tourniquet and a plastic pill crusher containing a white residue were also discovered. The toilet where Reed was found appeared to have just been flushed and no evidence was located there. Officers observed a camera mounted to record any movement at the front door. The camera was removed and collected as evidence.

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