The Region STOP team that has made four recent arrests in Gary and East Chicago in connection to a possible robbery at a Hammond store have made another arrest in East Chicago for another crime.
Police reports say during a traffic stop on Thursday, 35 year-old Timothy M. Pearson of East Chicago, was fund to be in possession of marijuana. That resulted in an investigation and the execution of a search warrant in the 400 block of Grand Blvd. According to police, the search recovered about 16 pounds of suspected marijuana, drug packaging materials, two firearms--one of which determined to be stolen--and over $36,000 in US currency.
Pearson was previously arrested by the Region STOP team last August at which time he was also found to be in possession of marijuana and US currency. That search turned up 11 pounds of marijuana, two handguns and approximately 12-thousand dollars in US currency.
At the time of his march 20th arrest, authorities say Pearson was on bond awaiting disposition of the August charges. Additional charges are expected to be filed with the Lake County Prosecutors Office.
The Region Stop Team (above photo) is comprised of fulltime officers from the Hammond, Gary, Lake County Sheriff and the East Chicago Police Departments. Part time members include the Munster, St. John, Highland, Griffith, Schererville, Dyer, University of Indiana- Northwest Campus (IUN), Whiting and the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD). The effort is supported by the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office, the United States Attorney’s Office as well as crime mapping and analytical support by IUN.
Press personnel are invited to contact any of the agency heads that participate on this team. Questions may also be directed to Chief Mark J. Becker, East Chicago Police Department, cellular telephone (219) 712-0864