Traffic Stop Nets Two Arrests
The Valparaiso Police Department arrested two subjects yesterday, stemming from an investigation initiated by a traffic stop. The vehicle, operated by 43 year old Chad Prince, of South Bend was stopped for various traffic violations, including a loud muffler and illegal lane usage. During the contact, Prince was deceptive with officers regarding his actions and admitted having a suspended driver’s license. It was also learned that Prince had provided a false name to officers during the initial investigation. A department K9 was utilized and alerted to the presence of a narcotic odor emitting from the vehicle. The subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of a white powdery substance, believed to be Methamphetamine, narcotic paraphernalia, and multiple counterfeit bills of United States currency. Prince was incarcerated at the Porter County Jail on charges of possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance, identity deception, driving while suspended with a prior conviction, false informing, and possession of paraphernalia.The passenger of the vehicle, 28 year old Rosemary Barnes, of Michigan was also taken into custody. Rosemary was transported and secured at the Porter County Jail on charges of possession of methamphetamine, visiting a common nuisance, and possession of paraphernalia. Police continue to investigate the potential use of counterfeit bills in the Valparaiso area, as numerous recent and local purchases were discovered as part of this incident. Please contact Detective Cassidy Schafer at 219-462-2135 if you or your business may have been a victim of receiving a counterfeit bill within past week.
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