Portage police arrest four during drug raid

2013-01-31T13:30:00Z 2013-02-01T17:12:06Z Portage police arrest four during drug raidJoyce Russell joyce.russell@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222 nwitimes.com

PORTAGE | A SWAT team arrested four people Wednesday night on drug charges during a raid at a Portage home.

When police arrived at the home in the 3300 block of Sunnybrook Street, they found a 3-year-old child shut in a bathroom as his mother, grandmother and two men smoked marijuana in the living room.

The Portage SWAT team went to the Sunnybrook Street address to serve a felony warrant on Frank C. Quarles, 26, for dealing in a controlled substance, Portage Sgt. Keith Hughes said.

When police entered, they found Quarles, Kira M. Sheeman, 21, of 3317 Sunnybrook St.; Eric A. Loeffler, 26, of 5084 Marquette Road, Portage and Tina M. Rodriguez, 45, of 57 Bass Drive, smoking marijuana in the living room.

The child is the son of Sheeman and the grandson of Rodriguez.

During a search of the residence, officers found marijuana smoking pipes, cash, a large jar containing marijuana packaged for individual sales and clothing and decals for the Invaders motorcycle gang.

In the master bedroom, officers found a loaded AR-15 rifle next to the bed and a machete protruding between the mattress and box spring of the bed.

Quarles was charged with felony counts of drug dealing, maintaining a common nuisance, possession with intent to distribute and possession of a controlled substance and a misdemeanor count of possession of paraphernalia.

Sheeman was charged with felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, neglect of a dependent and maintaining a common nuisance and misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

Loeffler was charged with visiting a common nuisance, a misdemeanor. Rodriguez was charged with possession of marijuana and visiting a common nuisance, both misdemeanors.

"The opportunity to shut down an active drug house within our great city should serve notice to others that if you allow or participate in this type of criminal activity you too can expect a similar response from the Portage Police Department or our SWAT team," Police Chief Troy Williams said.

The child was removed from the residence by Child Protective Services. Portage Animal Control was called to remove multiple animals.

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