Man given permission to live at Munsee Woods nature preserve found making meth, police say

James Kevin Dalton faces drug charges

MUNCIE, Ind. - A man who won a conservation group's permission to live at a nature preserve faces drug charges for operating a methamphetamine lab at the site, police said.

James Kevin Dalton, 54, was arrested last week at the Red-tail Conservancy's Munsee Woods property southeast of Muncie.

He remained jailed without bond Thursday on charges of dealing in meth, possession of meth and possession of meth precursors.

Red-tail Conservancy director Barry Banks told The Star Press the Muncie-based land trust had allowed Dalton to live with his family at Munsee Woods, a former Girl Scout camp that has several buildings. Banks says Dalton was serving as the site' "caretaker/tenant."

He says Dalton's family has been evicted from the old Girl Scout camp building where the meth precursors were allegedly found.

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