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Dealers paying teens to transport drugs via train from Chicago to Ind.

LAPORTE, Ind. — A yearlong police investigation has discovered criminal organizations are paying teens and young adults to transport drugs from Chicago to northwest Indiana.

The LaPorte Metro Operations Unit says the South Shore Railroad is frequently used to transport heroin and cocaine to and from both locations. Metro Operations Commander Harlan Williams tells The (Munster) Times that the sellers appear to be normal commuters who keep the drugs hidden in bags or on their person.

Williams says investigators in LaPorte County are teaming up with law enforcement for the railroad and surrounding communities to intercept people transporting drugs.

He says police have arrested 15 young dealers and identified another 15 so far this year.