Deputy Coroner Faces Drug Charge


A deputy coroner is accused of dealing drugs.

Dawn L. Maxson
Dawn L. Maxson

Investigators from the LaPorte County Metro Operations Unit last week arrested 47-year-old Dawn L. Maxson of LaPorte following the sale of Hydromorphone, which is a morphine derivative used for pain. Maxon was a deputy with the LaPorte County Coroner’s Office. She faces a Level 4 felony charge and is jailed in lieu of a $20,000 cash bond.

In a statement, LaPorte County Sheriff John Boyd said, “”While I’m very disappointed to see a public official charged with dealing drugs, I’m proud of the efforts and determination put forth by our Metro Narcotics team. Even more frustrating is the fact that as a deputy coroner, Maxson has been witness to lives lost due to the ravages of drug addiction yet she has chosen to deal narcotics. We were aware from the onset of this investigation that Maxson worked for the coroner’s office, an agency we routinely work very closely with, yet that did not deter our investigators. Let this arrest put drug dealers on notice that police officers in La Porte County are committed to pursuing all avenues when it comes to stopping drug sales.”

Additional charges are pending against Maxson, according to authorities. They say this is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information about this case or others involving the illegal sale of narcotics is urged to call the LaPorte County Metro Operations Unit at 219-325-9022.