Excise police arrest six people for drug and gun charges in South Bend

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (September 28, 2015) – Indiana State Excise Police Officers arrested five people in separate incidents on heroin and cocaine related charges while conducting enforcement patrols in South Bend over the weekend. A convicted felon was also arrested on firearm related charges.

Excise officers observed an alleged drug transaction Friday night taking place in the parking lot of the City Food Mart located at 301 North Lafayette Bourlevard.

The incident resulted in four people being arrested on heroin and cocaine charges. Anthony T. Bodel, 25, of Osceola, and Cody M. Catanzarite, 25, of Granger, were arrested on the preliminary charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of cocaine. Alyssa M. Anderson, 20, of Fort Wayne, and James Nathan Urban, 21, of Mishawaka, were also arrested and preliminarily charged with possession of cocaine. Two small bags of heroin and two small bags of cocaine were seized as a result.

Late Saturday night, excise officers arrested Geffrey D. Husband, 25, of South Bend, after a traffic stop near the intersection of Lincoln Way West and North Taylor Street. A loaded handgun was reportedly located in the vehicle in which Husband was driving.

Husband did not possess a valid permit for the firearm and was found to have been convicted of felony domestic violence and criminal confinement charges in Elkhart County in 2011. He was preliminarily charged with possession of a handgun with no permit and felon in possession of a firearm.

Excise officers arrested Gregory A. Harges, 60, of South Bend, early Sunday morning on preliminary charges of possession of a controlled substance, dealing in a controlled substance, possession of cocaine, and dealing in cocaine as the result of a traffic stop near the area of East Lasalle Avenue and Walsh Street.

As excise officers conducted field sobriety testing on Harges, an Indiana State Police K-9 unit arrived on scene to assist. The K-9 reportedly alerted to the driver’s door of the vehicle and the center console.

Officers searched the vehicle and allegedly located 68 small bags of black tar heroin and approximately six grams crack cocaine. Officers also seized two more bags of heroin, two small bags of powder cocaine, and $1,700 in cash that were allegedly located on Harges as he was searched prior to being transported to jail.

The weekend patrols were part of the Indiana State Excise Police’s Intensified College Enforcement (ICE) program funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in partnership with the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. The program aims to promote safety both on campus and in the affected local communities through educational programming coupled with highly visible law enforcement.