On March 7th , 2021 at approximately 00:56 A.M. is when Sergeant Michael Oberle was working a special patrol called Violent Crime Reduction (VCR). Officers working this type of saturation patrol target areas of Michigan City for gun violence, offenses involving those individuals prohibited from possessing firearms, individuals possessing illegal firearms, those using firearms while committing a crime, “shots fired” calls for service, and narcotics eradication Sergeant Oberle was traveling west bound in the 300 block of East 11th Street when he observed a vehicle traveling towards him at a high rate of speed. He determined from his radar unit that the speeding vehicle was traveling at 50 M.P.H. in a clearly posted 30 M.P.H. zone. Sergeant Oberle conducted a traffic stop on the speeding vehicle in the 600 block of East 11th Street and identified the driver as 26- year – old Michigan City resident Jaleel Perry.Sergeant Oberle observed indictors of drug activity taking place inside the vehicle that Perry was operating while speaking to him about the speeding violation. Probable cause was established during the traffic stop that lead Sergeant Oberle to search Perry and vehicle he was operating. Sergeant Oberle located evidence that ultimately led to Perry being arrested for Dealing Cocaine (Level 4 Felony) and Dealing Marijuana (Level 6 Felony). Perry was transported to the LaPorte County Jail and issued a $20,005.00 cash bond. He had a probable cause hearing in LaPorte County Superior Court # 1 today (March 8th , 2021) at 12:45 P.M. We would also like to remind the public that you can contact us via Facebook Messenger, through our crime tip hotline number of 219 – 873 – 1488, or you can also call the WeTip Hotline for General Crime (800) 78- CRIME and possibly receive a reward upon an arrest and conviction. All WeTip call information is sent directly to the LaPorte County Prosecutor’s Office. You can always request to remain anonymous!
Arrests and criminal charges are mere accusations. Every person is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.