LaPorte County Traffic Stop Reportedly Turns Up Guns, Drugs

Two South Bend residents face drug- and gun-related charges following a LaPorte County traffic stop. A LaPorte County sheriff’s deputy says he was driving westbound on U.S. 20 near Range Road just after 6:30 Wednesday, when he saw a Ford passenger vehicle brake suddenly and pull onto the shoulder without signaling. The deputy reportedly tried to run a computer check on the license plate, but discovered that the registration was false.

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LaPorte County Traffic Stop Leads to Lengthy Prison Sentence for South Bend Man

A South Bend man has been sentenced to almost 22 years in prison, in connection with a LaPorte County traffic stop that reportedly turned up heroin, crack, and a .38 caliber revolver back in April. Marvin Cates, 43, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office.

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Two Arrested after Traffic Stop in North Judson

North Judson Police Department photo

Two people were arrested after a traffic stop in North Judson on Wednesday evening.

According to police, North Judson Chief Deputy Frank Thomas initiated a traffic stop after the driver was reportedly recognized by the officer as a person with known arrest warrants. The driver did not stop and allegedly made erratic movements and crossed over the fog line. The driver did pull over about a half of a mile down the road.

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Two Arrested on Cocaine Charges

Joseph Szynal
Joseph Szynal

A 50-year-old man and a juvenile were recently arrested for their alleged role in dealing cocaine.

Officers from the LaPorte County Metro Operations Unit arrested Joseph M. Szynal and the 15-year-old juvenile without incident at a home in the 100 block of McClung Road in LaPorte. Cocaine was seized in this incident.

An investigation led to the arrest of the pair for the distribution of cocaine in and around the city of LaPorte.

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LaPorte Man Arrested For Possession of Cocaine


Decarlo Knighten
Decarlo Knighten

A LaPorte man is jailed on a $100,000 bond accused of dealing in cocaine. Decarlo Knighten, 35, was taken into custody without incident at his State Street home Monday by officers from the La Porte County Metro Operations Unit and United States Drug Enforcement Administration. They obtained arrest and search warrants for his home following an ongoing investigation into the sale and distribution of narcotics in the LaPorte area.

Three LaPorte Residents Arrested on Cocaine Charges

Gregory Green

Larry Phillips, Jr.

Miguel Rosalez Palomare

Three LaPorte residents were arrested on Friday on cocaine charges.

LaPorte Metro Operations Unit detectives served an arrest warrant to Gregory Green for Dealing Cocaine, a Class B Felony. Then, Larry R. Phillips, Jr. was arrested a short time later for delivering cocaine to Green’s address. Phillips has been charged with Possession of Cocaine, a Class B Felony.

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Chicago Man Arrested in LaPorte County on Cocaine Charges

Salvador Orozco

A Chicago man is in the LaPorte County Jail after police arrested him on cocaine charges.

The LaPorte County Metro Operations Unit learned that a large shipment of cocaine was destined for LaPorte County. Investigators rapidly gathered information and learned that the shipment was to be delivered to a retail parking lot in Michigan City via automobile. Investigators from the Michigan City Street Crimes Unit,  the DEA and Metro operations detectives began surveillance and the targeted suspect vehicle was located and stopped in a parking lot. Police came upon the vehicle and a Michigan City K9 alerted to drugs in a compartment in the vehicle. Investigators conducted a search and found one kilogram of cocaine inside the compartment. Officers also seized more than $30,000 in United States currency.

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