LaPorte dentist charged with Class A felony heroin dealing

2013-07-31T11:45:00Z 2013-08-02T16:19:08Z LaPorte dentist charged with Class A felony heroin dealingBob Kasarda bob.kasarda@nwi.com, (219) 548-4345 nwitimes.com

PORTAGE | A LaPorte dentist now faces a Class A felony after police said they picked him up Monday on the Indiana Toll Road with 21 bags of heroin in his vehicle.

Benjamin Porter, 30, of LaPorte, was charged Wednesday with A felony dealing in a narcotic drug and C felony possession of a narcotic drug.

The A felony carries a potential penalty of 20 to 50 years behind bars.

Porter is scheduled to make an initial court appearance Friday before Porter Superior Court Judge Bill Alexa.

Police said they stopped Porter's eastbound vehicle at 7 p.m. just east of the toll booth for weaving and driving 62 mph in a 40 mph zone in the area of the toll booth.

After being triggered by the smell of alcohol, site of numerous medicine bottles in the car and Porter responding in a lethargic manner and sweating, police brought a dog to the site and the heroin was located.

Porter told police his career was over and said, "I make six figures and am a junkie," according to court records.

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