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Traffic Stop Yields Drug and Identity Deception Arrests
Porter County-A traffic stop early Thursday, morning ended with all four occupants of a car being arrested on multiple charges.
Preliminary investigation by Trooper Jordan Steptoe revealed, at approximately 2:00 a.m., Thursday, September 14th, 2017, morning as he was sitting stationary in the Toll Plaza (State Road 49) parking lot on the Indiana Tollway, in his fully marked police car, he watched a 2002 Saturn pull up and go into the far left cash/credit toll lane to exit off to SR49. After a short while the car went in reverse out of the lane. The toll plaza is clearly marked with red signs stating “Do Not Reverse”. It is also a one-way roadway. The Saturn went from the far left lane into the far right cash/credit lane.
Steptoe pulled out of the parking lot and pulled behind the Saturn. It took the driver an extended amount of time to pay and make it through the toll booth. After going through the toll the Saturn turned on its right turn signal and pulled into the right lane as if to go south on SR 49. Yet, when the traffic light turned green the Saturn now went into the middle lane and went straight onto Gateway Boulevard into a local restaurant. Steptoe activated his emergency lights and stopped the Saturn for going the wrong way on a one way and improper lane usage.
After speaking with the driver, identified as Thomas R. Williams, 37 of Carson, California, Steptoe believed Williams maybe impaired. Williams was later found to have a suspended/revoked driver’s license through California. The front seat passenger, who identified herself as Heather Frazier, 30 with an Indiana driver’s license, said she was the owner of the car. A back seat passenger, Jessica Jones, 25 of Fort Wayne, was found to be wanted on a warrant out of Allen County for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Syringes and Possession of Marijuana-Failure to Appear. The last occupant was identified as, Michael Mavrides, 30 of Knox.
Officers observed on the front seat passenger floorboard a hypodermic needle visible and in plain sight. Later during a search of the Saturn numerous hypodermic needles (some filled with liquid), baggies containing a white powdery substance, digital scale and pill bottles with their labels torn off containing an opioid. Also found was an Indiana Identification Card that had Frazier’s picture on it but with a different name. It was later discovered Frazier was really Cassandra K. Rigg, 25 of Fort Wayne, and had being using Frazier’s identity. It was also found that Rigg was wanted on a warrant through Fort Wayne, IN for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Syringes, and Possession of Marijuana-Failure to Appear.
All four were taken to the Porter County Jail in Valparaiso and were charged with:
Possession of Methamphetamine-Class 6 Felony
Possession of Hypodermic Needles-Class 6 Felony
Visiting a Common Nuisance-Class B Misdemeanor
Rigg’s was also charged with Identity Deception-Class 6 Felony
Assisting: Chesterton Police, Troopers Nicole Maenza, Kenneth Payonk, and Cloverleaf Towing
Press release from Indiana State Police.