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Porter Police: Traffic stop leads to drug and firearm charges

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A traffic stop on Wednesday on U.S. Highway 20 resulted in the confiscation of a variety of illegal drugs, a stolen handgun, and the arrest of three people on multiple charges, the Porter Police Department is reporting.

According to police, at 7:59 p.m. Joseph Lee Shively, 37, of South Bend, was stopped in the area of U.S. 20 and Mineral Springs Road for straddling the dotted white line separating lanes. On making contact with Shively, the officer observed a “green leafy substance” which he identified as marijuana on the thigh of Shively’s trousers, police said.

In a subsequent search of the vehicle and its three occupants--conducted with the assistance of Burns Harbor Police officers--the following were recovered, police said: three bags containing heroin, methamphetamine, and Xanax found on the person of the backseat passenger, Larry Eugene Reust Jr., 36, of Huntington, Ind.; $1,055 in currency, also found on Reust; “evidence of drug use, such as used foil, Chore-Boy, and baggies with residue strewn about the interior”; two sandwich bags containing 12.6 grams of marijuana; a roll of new mini-Ziplock bags; a scale; rolling papers and a “small mirror with white powdery residue”; and a Ruger LCP .38 Special revolver reported stolen out of Huntington County, Ind.

None of the three occupants admitted ownership of the handgun or the marijuana and paraphernalia, police said.

Shively, Reust, and front-seat passenger Nicole Renee Vorhees, 35, of Huntington, were all charged with dealing marijuana; possession of marijuana; theft of a firearm; carrying a handgun without a permit; and possession of paraphernalia.

Reust was also charged with possession of a controlled substance; possession of a narcotic drug; and visiting a common nuisance.

In addition, Shively was charged with maintaining a common nuisance; and Vorhees with visiting a common nuisance.

Shively, Reust, and Vorhees were transported to Porter County Jail.



Posted 1/25/2018




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