LaPorte Dentist Faces Heroin Charges Following Traffic Stop


A LaPorte dentist is due in court Friday in Porter County after police reportedly found 13 postage stamp-size bags of suspected heroin and evidence of recent drug use in his car after a Monday traffic stop. Benjamin Porter, 30, told officers in Portage who pulled him over on the Indiana Toll Road he had snorted two baggies of heroin, according to WSBT-TV. Porter was stopped around 7 p.m. for speeding and driving erratically, and his nervous mannerisms prompted the officer who pulled him over to call for a K-9 to search his 2004 Chevrolet Impala. Porter admitted there was heroin in the vehicle, according to the arrest report. His dental practice is Porter Family Dentistry on Indiana Ave. in LaPorte, and he is also a service provider at LaPorte County Dental Services, which provides dental care to low-income patients. He’s charged with the A felony offense of dealing in a narcotic drug and possession of a narcotic drug as a C felony.