Cops: LaPorte dentist caught with bags of heroin

2013-07-30T15:00:00Z 2013-07-31T11:48:05Z Cops: LaPorte dentist caught with bags of heroinTimes Staff nwitimes.com
July 30, 2013 3:00 pm  • 

PORTAGE | A traffic stop for speeding on the Indiana Toll Road ended with the arrest of a LaPorte dentist who police said had 10 small bags of heroin in his car.

Dr. Benjamin L. Porter, 30, of LaPorte, initially was being held on a Class B felony charge of possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, according to a Portage police report.

Portage police said they stopped Porter about 7 p.m. Monday just east of the toll booth for driving 62 mph in a 40 mph zone in the area of the toll booth.

Police said he was given a verbal warning for his speeding, but that he appeared lethargic and there was a odor of alcohol coming from his car.

Police said he passed a field sobriety test, but a police dog was coming to the scene to check the exterior of his car for drugs.

Police said Porter began to sweat, despite the unseasonably cool weather.

Police said the dog alerted to drugs in the car, and officers found 10 postage stamp-sized bags with a powdery substance that tested positive for heroin inside his car.

According to police, Porter said he had two beers and had snorted two baggies of heroin about an hour before the traffic stop.

Porter was taken to Porter Portage Hospital Campus and was medically cleared before being taken to the Porter County Jail.

Prosecutors on Tuesday reviewed the case and expected to file upgraded charges with the court Wednesday.

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