Gary man arrested for dealing pot

2014-03-10T12:30:00Z 2014-03-10T21:16:28Z Gary man arrested for dealing potJoyce Russell, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222

PORTAGE | A Gary man was arrested on charges he was dealing marijuana early Friday after he reportedly told a police officer who stopped him that he was lost.

Larry Hopkins, 18, was charged with maintaining a common nuisance, dealing marijuana, possession of marijuana and carrying a handgun without a permit.

Jordin Parker, 18, of Gary, a passenger in Hopkins' car, was charged with visiting a common nuisance.

The two were stopped by police at 12:50 a.m. Saturday after police noticed their car stopped in the westbound lanes on Boulder at Ashland.

Hopkins said they were stopped in the middle of the street because they were lost and he was using his GPS to try to find directions. He denied anything illegal in the vehicle and gave police permission to search his vehicle.

In the trunk, police found 29 grams of marijuana packaged for sale, a digital scale and the semi-automatic handgun.

The two were transported to Porter County Jail.

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