VALPARAISO, INDIANA – A northwestern Indiana sheriff’s deputy has been arrested on drug charges, including felony counts of possessing cocaine, possessing a syringe and possessing a controlled substance.
Twenty-nine-year-old Lake County sheriff’s Deputy Gary Pilipovich was charged in neighboring Porter County, where he lives. Pilipovich also was charged with misdemeanor possessing marijuana and paraphernalia.
The Times of Munster reports the investigation into Pilipovich began after an officer assisting with an eviction at an apartment said he saw bag of marijuana in plain sight. Police said they found cocaine in a closet and marijuana in a Lake County sheriff’s bag.
Sheriff John Buncich says the eight-year veteran deputy has been suspended from his job. Pilipovich has bonded out of jail. It was not immediately known if Pilipovich had hired an attorney.