The La Porte County Sheriff’s Office is announcing two significant recent arrests, both of which occurred on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, along US Highway 20. Just after 1 AM, Deputy Austin Wells initiated a traffic stop on a passenger vehicle on US 20, just east of State Road (SR) 39. Upon Deputy Wells making contact with the three occupants of the vehicle, he summoned a K-9 to the scene. Deputy Andrew Hahn and his K-9 partner Hokie arrived and conducted an investigation resulting in several drugs, and items associated with dealing drugs, being located. All three occupants of the vehicle were arrested and transported to the LaPorte County Jail. The driver, identified as Robert Grimm, was arrested for Dealing in Methamphetamine, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Ever Receiving a License. A passenger, identified as Courtney Milby, was arrested for Dealing in Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of a Syringe, and Possession of a Narcotic Drug. A second passenger, identified as Lauren Milby, was arrested for Identity Deception. Later that day just before 3PM, Deputy Wade Wallace initiated a traffic stop on a passenger vehicle on US 20, just west of CR 350 East. Upon Deputy Wallace making contact with the driver, he summoned a K-9 to the scene. Deputy Jon Samuelson and his K-9 partner Bosco arrived and conducted an investigation leading to the discovery of five square shaped bundles of money. The bundles were transported to the Sheriff’s Office for further examination. The driver, identified as Alberto Rosales, was arrested and transported to the LaPorte County Jail after it was determined he was a wanted person through Elkhart County. The money tallied and resulted in the seizure of $144,200. Because the seized monies are associated with the drug trafficking industry, Drug Enforcement Agents (DEA) were contacted to assist. The $144,200 seizure ranks as one of the largest seizures ever in LaPorte County by law enforcement. Since the seizure, the Sheriff’s Office, the DEA and LaPorte County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, have been collectively working together completing the forfeiture paperwork. The seizure investigation is ongoing and no further information will be released. On February 25, Rosales was released from the LaPorte County Jail. Arrests and criminal charges are mere accusations. Every person is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
March 1st, 2019|Local News|