Lake County police display seized weapons, drugs
Post-Tribune staff report October 15, 2013 11:06PM
Lake County Sheriff John Buncich stands in front of drugs and weapons seized by his officers as part of three separate arrests. Buncich held a news conference Tuesday. | Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 17, 2013 6:24AM
CROWN POINT — The results of three police actions by Lake County police resulted in the array of dope and guns that lay at Sheriff John Buncich’s feet Tuesday morning. At a news conference that showcased the seized bounty, Buncich announced the arrests of Glen Park gangbangers, interstate drug haulers and local dealers.
Members of the Lake County Interdiction Unit stopped a pickup truck on the Indiana Toll Road on Friday, Buncich said. Sgt. Mike Stewart and Detective Alfred Villarreal uncovered 22 25-pound packages of marijuana and arrested both occupants of the truck. Buncich said the pair claimed they were being paid $1,000 to drive the pot from Chicago to Cleveland. The driver, Miguel Perez, 23, and his passenger, Francisco Martinez, 33, both of Orrville, Ohio, were arrested pending charges of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.
On Thursday, the drug unit raided a house at 3000 Crabapple Lane in Hobart’s west end, where they recovered 4,300 grams of cocaine with a street value of more than $500,000. Police also seized about $38,000.
Corey Reed, 38, with addresses in Gary and at the Crabapple home, was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to deliver. Investigators said the case against his girlfriend, who owns the house, is continuing.
On Oct. 8, the Lake County gang unit questioned five members of the Glen Park-based Get Fresh gang. They seized six weapons.
“Gang activity leads to violence, the homicides in Gary and East Chicago,” Buncich said. “The Get Fresh gang is young and very violent. Our officers have had them under surveillance for some time.” That investigation is also ongoing, the sheriff said.