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NW Indiana coroner charged with dealing drugs

Dawn L. Maxon | La Porte County sheriff's office

A northwest Indiana deputy coroner was arrested Thursday afternoon and charged with dealing drugs.

Dawn L. Maxon, 47, has been charged with dealing a controlled substance, a Level 4 felony, according to a statement from the LaPorte County sheriff’s office. She is a deputy coroner for the LaPorte County coroner’s office.

Maxon, who lives in LaPorte, was arrested about 3 p.m. after the sale of Hydromorphone, a morphine derivative used for pain, police said. She has been ordered held in the LaPorte County Jail on a $20,000 bond.

“We were aware from the onset of this investigation that Maxson worked for the coroner’s office, an agency we routinely work very closely with, yet that did not deter our investigators,” LaPorte County Sheriff John Boyd said in the statement. “Let this arrest put drug dealers on notice that police officers in La Porte County are committed to pursuing all avenues when it comes to stopping drug sales.”

Additional charges are pending against Maxon while the Metro Operations Unit investigates. Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the LaPorte County Metro Operations unit at (219) 325-9022.