Law and Order Gary
February 15, 2013 5:06PM
Markese Scott. | Provided Photo~Sun-Times Media ptmet
Updated: February 15, 2013 7:23PM
Raid nets arrest on
cocaine dealing charge
The Lake County Drug Task Force raided a house at 2211 Taney St. on Thursday, arresting Markese Scott, 35, who is charged with multiple felonies and misdemeanors.
Police seized cocaine, marijuana, cash, a stolen shotgun, three handguns, a bulletproof vest and a stolen car from the scene, police spokeswoman Patti Van Til said.
The investigation began with a tip on the sheriff’s hot line, Van Til said.
Scott is charged with dealing cocaine, possession of cocaine, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of marijuana and resisting law enforcement.
He has a prior conviction for drug possession, court records show.
2 arrested on charges
of dealing heroin
Two Gary men were arrested Thursday and are being held without bail on multiple charges of dealing heroin.
Andrew Jones Jr., 57, of 2741 Jackson St., and Anthony D. Nichols, 41, 1500 Vermont St., were the target of a three-month long investigation that began when residents on Vermont Street called police to complain about heavy traffic to and from the basement apartment.
Undercover agents working for the Gary Police Narcotics-Vice Unit made seven buys before obtaining a search warrant. When police raided the apartment, they seized more than a gram of heroin, about $700 and drug paraphernalia.
Jones was out on bond awaiting trial on a burglary charge; Nichols pleaded guilty to dealing drugs and was released from prison in May 2012, after serving a s sentence.
Jones is charged with four counts of dealing narcotics; Nichols is charged with three counts.
Police: Pair tried to sell
stolen copper wire
Two men arrested at Paul’s Scrap Yard on the city’s west side have been charged with receiving stolen property.
Carlos A. Echevarria, 21, of Hammond, and Kenneth Ray, 19, of Burnham, Ill., were with a teenager Feb. 2 when Patrolman Laria Crews arrived and saw the men attempting to sell a roll of new copper wire. NIPSCO employees discovered the wire had been stolen from a substation on Indianapolis Boulevard in Hammond.
Ray told Detective Daryl Gordon that Echevarria’s older brothers apparently stole the wire, and that Echevarria “wanted to steal some of the wire from his older brothers and take it to a scrap yard and sell it,” the probable cause affidavit states
A warrant for the arrest of both suspects was issued this week.