VALPARAISO | A Chesterton-area man has filed a lawsuit attempting to recover $1,500 he lost in a failed bid to purchase drugs.

Brian Busch Sr. claims in the suit he had given the money to Jackson Township resident Eugene Thome on June 12 to purchase controlled substances and yet $1,006 was confiscated by Portage police when they arrested Thome during a traffic stop that same day.

Busch argues Thome breached his contract with him.

Busch's attorney, Gary Germann, was unavailable Monday and Tuesday for comment.

Thome was charged June 12 with driving as a habitual traffic violator in Porter and LaPorte counties and possession of drug paraphernalia and a hypodermic needle.

Portage police stopped Thome along a local stretch of Interstate 94 with Busch as a passenger in the car, according to the incident report.

Police said they found a hypodermic needle and a burned metal spoon containing a gray substance during a pat-down of Thome, who reportedly told police he is a heroin addict.

Police also confiscated $1,006 from Thome, who claimed he often works as a maintenance man for Busch.

Busch told police Thome was driving him to an unknown location in Lake Station to purchase prescription Oxycodone from an unknown person, according to the report. Busch said he gave Thome $1,500 for the drugs he was going to purchase.

Busch was not charged with an offense.

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