CROWN POINT — A 33-year-old man allegedly found in possession of nearly 10 ounces of methamphetamine told police he planned on selling it so he and his wife could get back home to Alabama.

Latommi Atmore was charged Thursday in Lake Criminal Court with dealing in methamphetamine, a Level 2 felony, possession of methamphetamine, a Level 3 felony, and paraphernalia possession.

A police officer on patrol about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 3900 block of Butternut Street in East Chicago spotted a man wanted on several warrants sitting in the front passenger seat of a black vehicle.

The officer approached and observed a partially dressed woman with another man in the vehicle's backseat. Marcus O. Wright, the front seat passenger, was removed from the vehicle and handcuffed.

After Wright was removed from the vehicle, the officer found a plastic bag containing a white powder weighing 2.5 grams on the front passenger seat, records state. An additional 215.5 grams of white powder was found in a plastic bag on the floorboard of the rear passenger side of the vehicle.

Atmore, the backseat passenger, had 61.6 grams of white powder in his pocket.

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Atmore admitted the substance was meth, records state. He told police he and his wife, the other backseat passenger, arrived July 1 in Hammond and obtained the meth from a man in Chicago. He said he was in East Chicago because he hoped to sell some of the meth to pay for his return trip to Birmingham, Alabama. He said he was selling the meth for $50 a gram, or $1,400 an ounce.

Atmore, who is in custody with a $35,000 surety bond, made an initial appearance in court Friday. He is scheduled for a formal court appearance Monday.

Wright was charged Thursday with possession of methamphetamine, a Level 6 felony.

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Lake County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.