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Lawsuit: woman jailed over a month due to mistaken identity

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) -- A northwest Indiana woman is suing the Porter County Sheriff's Office, alleging she was wrongfully jailed for nearly two months in a case of mistaken identity.

The Post-Tribune reports Gloria J. Blue filed the lawsuit in federal court. The Porter County Sheriff's Department declined to comment Friday.

The Gary woman alleges she was charged with felony drug dealing and jailed after a confidential informant falsely told a county police officer that she delivered cocaine.

Blue claims that she regularly told jail officials that they had the wrong person, but was ignored.

Authorities in March reviewed evidence, including video footage of drug deals, and concluded Blue was not, in fact, involved. Charges against her were dismissed.

Blue is asking for compensatory and punitive damages, arguing her civil rights were violated.

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Information from: Post-Tribune, http://posttrib.chicagotribune.com/

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