May 1, 2014

Logansport woman arrested after police find 172 baggies of heroin

From staff reports

---- — KNOX — A traffic stop involving a Logansport woman was anything but routine after officers discovered 172 baggies of heroin.

The investigation began after a LaPorte County Deputy stopped a woman, Kelly A. Koranda, 36, Logansport, last Thursday morning for a traffic infraction on U.S. 35 just south of Starke County Road 500 North in the northern half of the county.

The deputy and an Indiana State Trooper assisting him became suspicious after speaking to the woman and observing her behavior. Trooper David Caswell, who was assisting Sgt. Tony Wallace with the traffic stop, is a trained Drug Recognition Evaluator. After performing a drug evaluation on Koranda, Caswell felt that Koranda was exhibiting signs of impairment.

Koranda was transported to Indiana University Health Starke Hospital for a blood and urine drug screen. During the administration of the test, a nurse for the hospital reportedly discovered that Koranda had been hiding suspected drug items in her underwear.

Trooper Caswell spoke with Koranda about the drugs and she reportedly admitted to eating 10 packets of the suspected heroin prior to being stopped along with hiding the other packets.

In all officers recovered 172 baggies of the drugs that weighed approximately 36 grams. Koranda was admitted to the hospital for observation due to the ingestion of the drugs.

Officers arrested Koranda at the hospital after she was released on Sunday. She was charged with a felony of dealing a narcotic drug, possession of a narcotic drug over 3 grams (felony), maintaining a common nuisance (felony), and operating while intoxicated on a controlled substance (misdemeanor).

Koranda was taken to the Starke County Jail, where she remained as of Thursday morning.