LaPorte man gets home detention for buying pot for buddies

2012-04-26T20:25:00Z LaPorte man gets home detention for buying pot for buddiesBy Stan Maddux Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
April 26, 2012 8:25 pm  • 

LAPORTE | A man caught while on a marijuana run for his friends was sentenced Wednesday to two years of home detention.

Dennis Vanmeter was ordered in LaPorte Circuit Court to wear a satellite tracking device so authorities can track his whereabouts.

Vanmeter pleaded guilty to a felony charge of possession of marijuana under a plea agreement.

In November, Indiana State Police, acting on a tip, responded to Cassidy Motel at 3845 N. Ind. 39, according to court documents.

Vanmeter, 58, of LaPorte, was found with marijuana in his room and vehicle along with nearly $2,000 in cash.

Defense attorney Greg Hofer told the court his client was involved with a group of people consisting of steelworkers, iron workers and other blue-collar workers.

Most of them also were Vietnam veterans and they pooled their money to buy marijuana, Hofer said.

"It was his turn to go get it," Hofer said.

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