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Authorities charge pair for Mexico to Indiana meth trafficking enterprise

July 3, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Authorities charge pair for Mexico to Indiana meth trafficking enterprise

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AAuthorities have charged a pair of Indiana residents for their in a multi-state meth trafficking enterprise.

Law enforcement officials say 30-year-old Corina Michelle Smith told authorities that she and 41-year-old Kyle Balser were $30,000 in debt to their meth suppliers in Texas, a probable cause affidavit indicated.

However, Balser said it’s closer $50K.

The multi-state meth trafficking enterprise with links to Mexico began to unravel for Balser, and Smith in December after the two led White County police on a chase.

When authorities apprehended the pair, Balser had $17,500 in cash on him, several grams of meth and a firearm. An informant told officers that Balser was going to Texas to pick up a load of meth.

Kyle Balser (Photo: Provided/Tippecanoe County Jail)

FBI documents revealed that Balser made several calls to Texas and Mexico, apparently confirming the informant’s knowledge, The Journal & Courier reported.

West Lafayette authorities arrested Balser in January on drug-related charges, and he’s been behind bars ever since, but Smith proceeded to run the meth operations from a residence in Romney.

Authorities seized a package sent to the Romney address in February, took the meth and then sent the package to Smith. She later told investigators that not receiving that shipment of meth put her and Balser $10,000 in debt to their suppliers, while she calculated that their buyers owed them $25,000.

On Friday, prosecutors charged Smith with conspiring to deal meth, dealing meth, possession of meth, possessing a controlled substance and paraphernalia. Additionally, she is facing a sentence increase of being a habitual offender.

Prosecutors charged Balser with conspiring to deal meth and being a habitual offender.

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