Two people arrested on drug-related charges after traffic stop

(Photo supplied/LaPorte County Sheriff's Office)

A traffic stop ends with two people arrested on felony drug charges. It happened this past weekend in Michigan City.

A sheriff’s Sergeant pulled over a vehicle with a license plate that wasn’t visible. The officer then discovered a temporary plate that didn’t match the vehicle.

The driver, 24-year-old Susan D. Hopper of Warsaw was arrested for dealing narcotics and possession of a syringe.

Hopper’s passenger, 28-year-old Blake Brown, was arrested for possession of drugs and a syringe.

Below is information about the arrests provided by the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office:

On January 16, 2021, at approximately 3:45 AM, Sergeant Jon Burger was traveling northbound on Franklin Street, north of CR 400 North. He began to travel behind a silver Honda passenger vehicle. The vehicle caught the attention of Sergeant Burger due to a license plate not being visible.

A traffic stop was initiated along Franklin Street, south of US 20. Once the vehicle had stopped, Sergeant Burger observed a temporary license plate that was not properly secured to the rear of the vehicle. In addition, the temporary license plate did not belong on the sliver Honda, rather was registered to a green Ford.

The driver was identified as Susan D. HOPPER (24 YOA) of Warsaw, Indiana. The passenger was identified as Blake J. BROWN (28 YOA) of South Bend, Indiana.

Michigan City Police Department Officer Michael Petrie and his K9 partner Edo arrived to assist. Officer Petrie deployed Edo around the exterior of the vehicle for a free-air sniff to which Edo provided a positive alert. A subsequent search of the vehicle yielded illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia.

HOPPER and BROWN were taken into custody and transported to the La Porte County Jail (LCJ).

HOPPER was arrested for Dealing in a Narcotic Drug (L2 Felony) and Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe (L6 Felony). She remains housed in the LCJ and is being held on a $50,005.00 cash-only bond through Superior Court I.

BROWN was arrested for Possession of a Narcotic Drug (L6 Felony) and Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe (L6 Felony). He remains housed in the LCJ and is being held without bond.

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