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LaPorte Co. Metro Operation Nabs 3 on Drug Charges

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The La Porte County Metro Operations Unit, which is a multi-jurisdictional drug task force that is comprised of narcotics investigators from the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office and La Porte Police Department, arrested three wanted persons for their involvement in the distribution of drugs in La Porte County.  The arrests occurred on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at several locations in La Porte County.
Nineteen year-old Julian Townsel was arrested without incident at his home, located in the 5600 West block of Johnson Road.  He had been wanted for an arrest warrant that had been issued by La Porte County Circuit Court for Revocation of Suspended Sentence for Possession of a Controlled Substance (Hydrocodone) and Dealing in Cocaine or Narcotic Drug.  He is being held without bond in the La Porte County Jail.    
Twenty-two year-old Joseph Ukonga was arrested without incident at his home, located in the 1000 block of Weller Avenue in La Porte.  He had been wanted for Dealing a Schedule I Controlled Substance (heroin), a class “A” felony and Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance (heroin) and class “B” felony.  He is being held in the La Porte County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.    
Nineteen year-old Emmanuel Ukonga was arrested at his home in the 200 block of “I” Street in La Porte.  He had been wanted for Dealing a Schedule I Controlled Substance (heroin) and is being held in the La Porte County Jail without bond.  Joseph and Emmanuel Ukonga are brothers and had been wanted for criminal arrest warrants that had been issued by La Porte County Circuit Court.  All three suspects are scheduled to appear in Circuit Court on Friday, May 17, 2013.  
 
La Porte County Sheriff Michael Mollenhauer states:  “These arrests are evidence of our continuing series of narcotics investigations throughout La Porte County and the public is assured that these investigations continue and additional arrests are imminent.”     
The public is encouraged to report potential drug activity to the La Porte County Metro Operations Unit by calling (219)325-9022.
Julian Townsel
Julian Townsel
Joseph Uknonga
Joseph Ukonga
Emmanuel Ukonga
Emmanuel Ukonga
(photos provided by the La Porte County Sheriff's Department)
 
*The charges against the defendants are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.”
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