Motorist found to have $17,000 in illegal drugs in his car

Michigan City Police Department press release

On Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, Edward Lee Sanders, 46, was arrested on drug and weapons possession charges.

Shortly after 5 p.m. on Jan. 2, Michigan City Officer Adam Brinkman was on duty patrol when he observed a 2008 Dodge Charger commit a traffic infraction. Brinkman conducted a traffic stop on the Dodge in the 900 block of Wabash Street. Immediately after, he was assisted by Officer Mike Oberle and his K-9 partner, Axel, along with troopers from Indiana State Police.

Axel alerted for the presence of narcotics on the Dodge Charger. A subsequent search of the vehicle led to the discovery of a significant amount of illegal drugs, and a firearm. Detectives from the LaPorte County Drug Task Force were called in to assist in the investigation. Detectives discovered that Sanders was in possession of illegal narcotics which had a street value of over $17,000.

Over the course of the investigation, Edward Lee Sanders was subsequently arrested on gun and drug charges, as follows:

— Dealing in Cocaine – Level 2 Felony

— Dealing in Heroin – Level 2 Felony

— Possession of a Firearm by a Serious Violent Felon – Level 4 Felony

Sanders was being held in La Porte County Jail on a $50,000 cash-only bond.

Chief of Police Dion Campbell lauded the efforts of Officer Adam Brinkman, and noted that Brinkman was just recently honored as the Exchange Club Officer of the Year in October. Campbell continued that he could not be prouder of the efforts of the officers assigned to the patrol division of MCPD, stating that Brinkman emulates the vision and spirit of making Michigan City a safe place to live on a daily basis.

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