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Critters search ends in pot haul, old fish, 1 arrest

Indiana conservation officers went to a Kendallville home expecting to find illegally stuffed dead animals.

They found 30 marijuana plants growing indoors.

They found a large amount of processed marijuana.

Drug paraphernalia items.

Some methamphetamine.

Oh, and a bunch of illegally processed fish and animals.

Conservation officers from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources served a search warrant at 110 W. Vine St. in Kendallville on Wednesday afternoon, according to the DNR.

The officers were searching for Jason A. Maxson, 42, who was believed to be performing taxidermy work without a state license. The officers served the warrant at Maxton’s home and an outbuilding on the property.

A search revealed the marijuana plants, marijuana, meth and the illegally processed fish animals, the DNR said.

Maxson was arrested on charges of possession and cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of meth. The DNR said he was not a licensed taxidermist and that he faces multiple fish and wildlife violations.

He was released after posting $4,500 bond.

jcrothers@jg.net

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