Suspected burglary leads to pot arrests
By Erin Guerra Post-Tribune correspondent December 27, 2012 12:36PM
Anthony Jaroszewski | Provided photo~Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 27, 2012 8:49PM
LAKE ELIZA -- While investigating what a witness suspected was a burglary in progress, police found 11.69 pounds of marijuana and arrested the 50-year-old resident, plus two suspected customers.
The initial complaint to the Porter County Sheriff’s Department, made at 10:21 a.m. Dec. 21, was that the driver of a white Honda Civic with black doors had backed up to and gone inside what was believed to be a vacant house at the corner of Frame Street and Division Road.
Anthony Jaroszewski, 50, answered the door and told police it was his house and there was no burglary and no other problems. As the first responding officer walked away, he spoke to a woman who was outside and ready to leave the home, telling her should could not drive her vehicle because of its expired Illinois plates.
During this conversation, Jaroszewski opened a window, seemingly to listen, and the three officers present said they could smell the odor of raw marijuana coming from the house. Police obtained a search warrant and ultimately arrested Jaroszewski on three felony charges: dealing marijuana, possession of more than 30 grams of marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance.
The woman, Margaret Jokerst, 20, of Portage, was arrested for felony possession of marijuana - police said she discarded 35 grams wrapped in a tissue - and misdemeanor visiting a common nuisance. Elijah Swelfer, 27, of Hebron, was inside the home and also was arrested for misdemeanor visiting a common nuisance.