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Drug Dealer Uncovered at Supermarket

(La Porte, IN) - A convicted felon from La Porte is in major trouble again for allegedly being caught with a large number of narcotics. Travis Smith, 33, has been charged in La Porte Circuit Court.


On December 6, police went to his home in the 500 block of Rumely St. to make sure he was not violating the terms of his parole on a robbery conviction, according to court documents. Nothing illegal was found inside his residence but a K-9 dog was alerted to the potential presence of drugs shortly afterward inside Smith's car, outside a nearby grocery store.


During a search, police said a large quantity of methamphetamine was found when the button on a touchscreen radio in the dashboard was pushed, opening up to reveal a large quantity of methamphetamine in plain view. Allegedly, four bags of methamphetamine weighing nearly 80 grams in addition to about two grams of cocaine were inside before being promptly confiscated by the authorities.


In 2009, Smith was given a 20-year prison sentence for robbery. Since his release, he’s been arrested several more times for other law violations including drug-related crimes and residential entry, according to court records.


He is being held in La Porte County Jail on a $50,000 bond, on charges such as a Level 2 felony dealing in methamphetamine, which alone could bring him anywhere from a 10 to 30-year sentence.

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