Man arrested on drug charges following monthslong investigation

KOSCIUSKO COUNTY, Ind. – A man was arrested on Monday following a three-month narcotics investigation, the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office announced.

While undercover, officers purchased approximately 176.28 grams (0.4 pounds) of methamphetamine, a 9mm CZ Scorpion handgun, high-capacity clips, and ammunition from 27-year-old Austin Zarse.

When officers approached Zarse on May 16, he allegedly led them on a pursuit that ended when he got his vehicle stuck in a water-filled ditch.

Zarse was arrested at the scene and taken to the Kosciusko County Jail.

He was charged with three counts of dealing methamphetamine in excess of 10 grams, three counts of possession methamphetamine in excess of 28 grams, possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, and resisting law enforcement.

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