Illegal drugs, 38 firearms, $17K seized by investigators serving search warrant

Guns found in storage unit, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Guns and drugs seized at Mayflower Road residence, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Backpack found in Kinds' vehicle, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Contents of backpack found in Kinds' vehicle, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Christopher Kinds

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. -- St. Joseph County investigators seized 38 firearms, illegal drugs and nearly $18,000 in cash while serving a search warrant Thursday, according to court records.

On September 5, members of the St. Joseph County Drug Investigation Unit, the ATF Task Force and St. Joseph County SWAT Team executed a search warrant at a home on Mayflower Road as part of an investigation into Christopher Kinds.

At the residence, investigators found 2 kilograms of suspected methamphetamine, suspected marijuana and 60 grams of suspected heroin, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Officers also located multiple handguns and long guns as well as $17,600 in cash, reports said.

At several storage units on Lincolnway West, a K9 alerted on three storage units. Investigators obtained search warrants for the units and located 29 firearms.

When Kinds was arrested outside an apartment complex on Generations Drive, investigators obtained a search warrant for a backpack in Kinds' possession. Inside they found suspected marijuana, suspected methamphetamine, suspected cocaine, suspected heroin, suspected fentanyl and a digital scale, according to the probable cause affidavit.

During an interview with investigators, Kinds admitted to dealing methamphetamine and heroin as well as possessing firearms at his residence and storage units, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Kinds has been charged with dealing in methamphetamine, dealing in a narcotic drug, dealing in cocaine, possession of marijuana and two counts of carrying handgun without a license. He is also facing two counts of firearm sentencing enhancement.

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