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Crown Point man jailed after Portage cop smells marijuana 6 car-lengths away
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Crown Point man jailed after Portage cop smells marijuana 6 car-lengths away

Antoine Hopkins

Antoine Hopkins

PORTAGE — A 26-year-old Crown Point man, who told police he had been thrown out of his home for repeatedly smoking marijuana, was arrested early Wednesday on a drug charge after an officer said he smelled marijuana coming from his vehicle while at least six car-lengths away.

Antoine Hopkins faces a misdemeanor count of possessing marijuana after police, using a drug sniffing dog, found the illegal drug in his vehicle.

Two nabbed - one using eye patch - sneaking drugs into Porter County jail, police say

The officer said he spotted Hopkins at 12:47 a.m. parked behind the closed LongHorn Steakhouse at 1650 Olmsted Drive.

As he approached in his vehicle,  the officer said smelled "an extremely strong odor of burnt marijuana" coming from Hopkins' vehicle.

Ride along with Officer Jimmy Weller as he patrols the region's border of Lake Michigan as part of the Lake County Sheriff's Marine Unit. Video by Connor Burge. 

Hopkins told the officer he was waiting to pick up his girlfriend from a nearby workplace and provided police with the remains of a few burned marijuana cigarettes. A police dog then found more of the drug inside the vehicle.

Hopkins reportedly told police he has been living in his truck after being thrown out of his house for "repeated weed smoking."

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Porter/LaPorte County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Bob is a 23-year veteran of The Times. He covers county government and courts in Porter County, federal courts, police news and regional issues. He also created the Vegan in the Region blog, is an Indiana University grad and lifelong region resident.

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