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NORTH JUDSON â€” Starke County has a new officer and last Monday night, K-9 Fritz was on the job. Officer Fritz had a productive first day when he indicated a car, which was pulled over for a traffic stop, was carrying more than its two passengers.
North Judson Officer Mat Anderson conducted the traffic stop. However, it became more than a routine stop when Anderson became suspicious of the two passengers in the 1998 White Pontiac, which he had pulled over on Talmer Avenue around 11:50 p.m. Anderson requested that Starke County K-9 Officer James Upsall and the K-9 Officer Fritz come to the scene to see if Anderson was correct in his assessment of the vehicles occupants.
Officer Fritz performed a free air sniff and indicated on the vehicles passengers. As a result of Fritzâ€™s indication, officers located a one-pound-bag of marijuana. The street value of the leafy narcotic was approximately $2000.
The driver of the vehicle was 24-year-old Patrick Dill of Downers Grove, Ill. Traveling with him was 27-year-old Edward Prince of Peru. Both Dill and Prince were arrested for felony possession of marijuana and taken to the Starke County Jail.
Formal charges were requested through Starke County Prosecutor Julianne Havens.
Both Anderson and Upsall were commended by North Judson Police Chief Doug Vessely for the arrests of the two suspects. Vessely also extended his appreciation to Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen for the assistance provided by both Officers Upsall and K-9 Fritz.
Patrick Dill was arrested for Possession of Marijuana and Edward Prince for possession of marijuana and a body attachment.