Two Illinois men arrested on drug charges on toll road in Porter County

(Photo supplied/Indiana State Police)

Two men from Illinois were arrested on numerous charges when troopers in Porter County found guns and narcotics in their car.

It happened around 1:35 a.m., on Monday, June 24, on the Indiana Toll Road, about 1.5 miles west of the Portage exit.

The trooper pulled over a vehicle for suspected impaired driving after dispatchers received calls about a vehicle traveling well under the posted speed limit and unable to stay in the  lane of travel.

After stopping the vehicle, the trooper says he observed that the driver seemed evasive and that the front seat passenger appeared to be asleep. The back seat passenger, a 24-year-old woman from Dolton, Illinois, was cooperative and later released.

The male driver, later identified as Steven Trunnell, 24 of Harvey, Illinois, took off on foot after he was asked to step out of the vehicle.

The trooper caught up to Trunnell and found suspected cocaine on him.

The 19-year-old man alseep in the front seat woke up. The trooper says he asked him to place his hands up, but the man, identified as Cleveland Jordan III, 19 of Dolton, kept his hands below his chest.

The trooper noticed a black handgun with an extended magazine on Jordan’s lap. He then order the hands up and Jordan complied.

A second handgun was found under the front passenger seat with a shaved off serial number.

Open containers of alcohol were located throughout the car, as was a scale, and small plastic bags of suspected marijuana.

Both Trunnell and Jordan were taken to the Porter County Jail.

Steven Trunnell charged with:

Felon carrying a handgun-Level 5 Felony
Possession of Cocaine-Level 6 Felony
Obstruction of Justice-Level 6 Felony
Resisting Law Enforcement-Class A Misdemeanor
Operating While Intoxicated Endangerment-Class A Misdemeanor
Handgun No Permit-Class A Misdemeanor
Possession of Marijuana-Class B Misdemeanor
Possession of Paraphernalia-Class C Misdemeanor

Cleveland Jordan charged with:

Possession of Altered Firearm-Level 5 Felony]
Handgun No Permit-Class A Misdemeanor
Resisting Law Enforcement-Class A Misdemeanor
Assisting: Troopers Eric Madry, Dennis Griffin, Clay McBride, Brayan Elias-Espinoza, Butch Crowder, Lake Station Police, New Chicago Police, Porter Police and Precision Towing.


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