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Mario Ward Sr.

Mario Ward Sr.

MICHIGAN CITY — A 44-year-old Michigan City man was arrested on charges of dealing cocaine following an early morning raid Friday.

Mario Ward Sr. was arrested on three felony counts of dealing cocaine, with an enhancement due to a juvenile being present when the alleged offenses took place, according to police. He is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

The LaPorte County Drug Task Force along with the Michigan City Police SWAT team conducted the raid after obtaining a search warrant for a residence in the 1600 block of West 10th Street.

The task force began investigating Ward following complaints from area residents about his alleged narcotic activities, according to police. The warrant was issued after a two-month long investigation by Detective Willie Henderson.

In a statement issued Monday, Michigan City Police Chief Mark Swistek said the "LCDTF continues to follow up with citizen complaints and I am happy to see the community reporting suspicious activities within their neighborhoods to our department."

The LCDTF is comprised of investigators from The La Porte County Sheriff’s Department, Michigan City Police Department, La Porte City Police Department, Indiana State Police, and The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Forearms, and Explosives. Anyone with information about criminal activity is asked to contact them at 219-873-1488, or via social media.

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Ed has been with The Times since January 2014. He previously covered government affairs for Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers in Florida. Prior to Scripps, he was with the Chicago Regional Bureau of Copley News Service.