LP County Drug Task Force releases data on drugs, guns seized in 2020


The La Porte County Drug Task Force has released its 2020 statistics for its 4th year of existence. During 2020, the task force worked 297 cases with these results:

– 95 controlled narcotics purchases

– 129 individuals arrested

– 12 search warrants executed

– 62 firearms seized/purchased through various investigations

– 19 investigations conducted assisting partnering agencies’ detective bureaus

During the investigations, the task force removed these drugs from the streets of La Porte County:

– cocaine: 597.80 grams (1.31 lbs.)

– heroin: 170.20 grams (0.37 lbs.)

– methamphetamine: 822.90 grams (1.81 lbs.)

– marijuana: 26,597.29 grams (58.63 lbs.)

Task force Commander Lt. Tim Richardson said, “The task force continues to aggressively investigate the illegal distribution of narcotics and firearms while investigating the sources of those drugs and firearms from inside and outside of La Porte County. The task force has shown great success due to cooperation with surrounding agencies, as well as the public’s assistance.

“Although 2020’s operations were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the unit remained successful in disrupting several drug trafficking organizations. A record number of firearms were also seized in 2020.

“I am proud of the work and dedication that each investigator puts forth daily to preserve the quality of life within our community.”

The task force, an initiative of Indiana HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area), is a multi-agency unit comprised of investigators from the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office, Michigan City Police Department, La Porte Police Department, and Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

The task force encourages citizens who wish to report suspected illegal activity to do so via social media or the countywide crime tip hotline: (219) 873-1488.

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