Law and Order Lake County
February 21, 2013 3:18PM
Updated: February 21, 2013 4:03PM
Six years for cocaine possession
Lake Superior Court Judge Diane Ross Boswell sentenced a Dyer man to six years for possession of cocaine.
Craig S. Griffin Sr., 43, was pulled over Aug. 9, 2011, in the 700 block of Joliet Street in Dyer for an expired license plate and seatbelt violation. As Griffin ran from police, a small plastic bag containing five smaller bags with 5 gross grams of cocaine fell from his pants.
Griffin will serve four years in Lake County Community Corrections, followed by two years on probation.
Griffin had faced 20 to 50 years on one of the original charge of dealing in cocaine, which was dismissed along with dealing in marijuana, possession of marijuana, maintaining a common nuisance and resisting law enforcement.
Admitted burglar gets work release
Lake Superior Court Judge Salvador Vasquez sentenced a 20-year-old Hammond man to two years in the Lake County sheriff’s work release center for burglary.
Damien Griffin admitted he and a co-defendant broke into a hom4e on July 24 in the 4300 block of Torrence Street, Hammond, and stole a PlayStation 3 game system, three game controllers, a game, the victim’s phone and $5.
Griffin, who tested positive for marijuana just before his sentencing hearing began, had faced six to 20 years on the original burglary charge. He must pay $280 in restitution to the victim.
Police seek man who had pot, pills
A warrant has been issued for Jihad Mohammed Darawad, 43, of Schererville, who was charged with two drug counts.
Police were dispatched to the 400 block of Spivak Drive around 3:20 p.m. Sept. 18 for a blue Buick with two men inside smoking drugs, a probable cause affidavit states. When officers approached the vehicle, no one was inside but it smelled strongly of marijuana.
Officer Brian Daniels then set up surveillance and later observed the car blowing a stop sign at the Sherland Drive intersection. It stopped when Daniels approached in his squad.
The driver, identified as Darawad, apologized for blowing the stop.
Daniels searched Darawad and discovered an object and plastic bag in his right front pants pocket and a cylinder-shaped object in his left front pants pocket. When Daniels asked what they were, Darawad said “something (he’s) probably not supposed to have” and advised the item in his left pocket was his medication.
The medication bottle, of which the label was worn of any name, contained numerous pills. Assisting Officer Anthony Buonadonna took the pills to Walgreens for identification; two were identified as oxycodone, the affidavit states.
The other items were two packs of cigarettes, of which one contained a glass pipe and a leafy brownish green substance verified as marijuana. The other pack contained a glass pipe with a powdery residue, which Darawad said he used to snort his oxycodone.
A further search of the car found a digital scale and a metal grinder with brownish green residue on it.
After his arrest, Darawad complained of chest pains and asked to take some of his medication. He was taken to the hospital before being transported to Lake County Jail, where he was held then released pending the outcome lab results.
Darawad was charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance, a D felony, and one count of possession of marijuana, an A misdemeanor. He was also cited for missing the stop sign.