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PCSP: Probe of 17-year-old's death leads to arrest of Union Township teen

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The Porter County Sheriff’s Police said this morning that the death of a 17-year-old Valparaiso boy identified as Cody Riffett last Tuesday was due to the effects of ingesting a narcotic that was found to be a synthetic version of ACID (LSD) and have taken into custody a Union Township resident who was said to have sold him the product.

According to police, at approximately 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Riffett was reported to be lying on the ground unconscious in the roadway in the 400 block of Sturgeon Road. Police said that Riffett was transported to Porter Regional Hospital where he went into cardiac arrest and never regained consciousness.

Police said today that two juveniles who were with Riffett moments before his death advised Riffett had ingested the so-called ACID and began to “severely hallucinate” and underwent “a psychotic episode.” The juveniles took Riffett home and left his vehicle in the driveway, police said.

Other witnesses in the area advised that Riffett fell from the vehicle, rolled into the street, and went into his yard and grabbed “a small tree as if he was choking it,” police said. Neighbors attempted to get Riffett to lie still on the ground but he continued to roll around until police arrived, police said.

Police said that the two juveniles said that Riffett received the narcotic from Jeffrie Crucean, 18, of Union Twp., The Porter County Drug Task force had recently conducted an undercover drug buy with Crucean and executed an arrest warrant after test results revealed the substance to be a synthetic version of ACID, police said.

Crucean was taken into custody without incident, police said, and after receiving a search warrant officers found additional narcotics and drug paraphernalia at his residence.



Posted 7/1/2013







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