Police allege James Ponziano was using DJ business as a front for selling cocaine
July 20, 2017-Schererville Police say a three month investigation into the selling of cocaine at local bars has resulted in charges against an Illinois man. According to a statement, On 12 July 2017 Officers of the Schererville Police Departments Crime Reduction Enforcement Unit along with officers from Saint John and Munster Police Departments and the Department of Homeland Security wrapped up an investigation into the sale of Cocaine at area bars.
James Francis Ponziano of Sauk Village was the target of a three month investigation. Ponziano had been identified by multiple sources as a Cocaine dealer at area bars. Ponziano who is a DJ four nights a week at area bars was using his DJ business as a front to sell Cocaine to bar patrons and employees.
Ponziano was arrested as he arrived to work at Long Shots in Schererville Wednesday night. When he was placed into custody he was found to be in possession of a sizable amount of prepackaged Cocaine.
On 14 July 2017 Ponziano was charged in Lake Criminal Court with four counts of felony dealing Cocaine and four counts of felony possession of Cocaine.
Chief Dave Dowling created the Crime Reduction Enforcement Unit to target the use and distribution of dangerous drugs in the Town of Schererville.
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