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Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Good Police Work Nets Good Results
Police Work really is about keeping your mind open, observations sharp and your work ethic up. I think its like any job in that the tasks become repetitive over time but a good Officer does not allow one incident to slip into the other and stays aware. The big case or the treat to your life could come from your first traffic stop, the fiftieth, the hundredth and so on. Here is a case of excellent police work by an officer that was aware and scored the big hit doing an mundane police task.
Two Chicago residents were charged Friday October 21, 2010 with dealing cocaine after an Indiana State Police drug bust the night before revealed more than a million dollars worth of cocaine in a hidden compartment of their car.
Driver Doris Reyes, 40, and passenger Carlos Lopez, 20, could face between 20 and 50 years in prison if convicted, authorities said.
Trooper Jerry George pulled over Reyes' vehicle about 9 p.m. Thursday for unsafe lane movement on the Indiana Toll Road in Portage and noticed some "indicators of criminal activity" that led to a search, authorities said.
Details of the indications were not released, though an officer said the individuals' stories did not match up. Police were told the car was heading to Maryland from Chicago for a family visit.
Portage police brought a drug-sniffing dog to the scene that identified narcotics were present.
"A vehicle search located an odd piece of metal at the rear of the vehicle with what appeared to be hinges," Trooper Jason Carmin said. "Further examination under the vehicle showed aftermarket work that appeared to be a hidden compartment. "
Two mechanical arms lifted the rear floor of the 2004 Ford Expedition, revealing about 14 kilograms of cocaine. Fourteen kilograms of cocaine equates to about a $1.6 million resale value on the street.