Arrests in LaPorte County drug crackdown


Four men have been arrested as part of a big drug crackdown in LaPorte County.

James Brinsfield, 38, of Westville, is behind held in the LaPorte County Jail on $100,000 bond.

Police on Tuesday caught Brinsfield after a vehicle chase that ended when the suspect crashed his Jeep Cherokee at 450 North and 50 West, a chase that started in the area of Boston Street in LaPorte near the Norfolk Southern Railroad crossing near Factory Street. The chase took police into a rural part of the county.

Brinsfield is accused of dealing heroin, resisting law enforcement and reckless driving.

Police say the arrest is the result of an ongoing investigation involving the distribution of narcotics and illegal drugs in and around the LaPorte area. Additional arrests are expected.

On Wednesday, investigators from the LaPorte County Metro Operations Unit and LaPorte Police Department searched a home in the 200 block of Darlington Street and arrested three people inside the house.

Kenyatta Robinson, 30, of Chicago was taken to IU Health LaPorte where he remains held without bond because he was on probation through the county's circuit court. Robinson will be charged with dealing in cocaine or a narcotic drug, resisting law enforcement and common nuisance.

38-year-old Daniel Hensell, who lived in the home, and 26-year-old Robert Miller of East Chicago were also booked and were being held on small bonds.

"These arrests should send a clear message that LaPorte County law enforcement will not tolerate those who hope to set-up shop and distribute narcotics in our community," said Sheriff Michael Mollenhauer. "Those that do will be sought out, charged and jailed."

The public is encouraged to report potential drug activity to the LaPorte County Metro Operations Unit by calling (219) 325-9022.

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