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Two charged with selling heroin near school property

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Two Valparaiso residents have been arrested on a charge of dealing heroin within 1,000 feet of a school--a Class A felony punishable by a term of 20 to 50 years.

Bryan Scott Johnson, 27, of 2606 N. Campbell St., and Rachel Elizabeth Love, 26, of the same address, were booked into the Porter County Jail on Friday.

Johnson also has a listed address in Porter.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed by the Porter County Drug Task Force (DTF), late in the morning of Feb. 19, a confidential source (CS) arranged with Love at her residence to purchase $100 worth of heroin.

Then, at 3:35 p.m., Love texted the CS and told that person to meet Johnson in the parking lot of the Christ Lutheran Church on North Campbell Street, the DTF stated in the affidavit. “Little Lamb Preschool is located in the same building.”

The CS met Johnson at the church, where Johnson gave him “two small foil wrappers that contained a hard brown substance which Johnson represented to the CS as heroin,” the DTF stated.

The brown substance, weighing approximately one gram, subsequently field-tested positive for heroin, the DTF said.

The DTF added that Love and Johnson also reside within 1,000 feet of Valparaiso High School property.


Posted 3/11/2014