Indiana woman says tattoo led to arrest for drug deal she wasn’t at


THE PORTER COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE ACCUSED HER OF BEING PRESENT DURING A DRUG DEAL, A CRIME SHE DENIES. THE ONLY EVIDENCE AGAINST HER WAS A TATTOO.>>MY HEART SANK. I WAS HAVING A PANIC ATTACK. I CANNOT BREATHE. JASON: BEVERLY IS REMEMBERING THE MOMENTS WHEN SHE WAS ARRESTED AT HER OWN HOME, EMBARRASSED IN FRONT OF HER FAMILY AND NEIGHBORS.>>A BIG MIXUP, BIG MYSTERY. I’M STILL IN AWE. JASON: SHE WAS WRONGLY ACCUSED OF VISITING A COMMON NUISANCE FOR ALLEGEDLY BEING PRESENT AT THIS $40 HEROIN DEAL IN 2010. INVESTIGATORS CLAIMED SHE IS THIS WOMAN ON THE CHAIR.>>ALL FROM THE TATTOO ON MY LEG. JASON: SHE SAYS IT SIMILARY POSITIONED TATTOO IS THE ONLY THING SHE SHARES IN COMMON WITH THE SUSPECT. SHE ARGUES THE WOMAN IN THE VIDEO FROM ALMOST 10 YEARS AGO LOOKS MUCH OLDER. THIS WAS THE SUSPECT IN 2010.>>CORRECT. JASON: THIS IS YOU IN 2010.>>CORRECT. JASON: ANY RESEMBLANCE?>>NOT AT ALL. JASON: SHE SAYS THAT SHE RECEIVED A CALL 10 YEARS AGO FROM A DETECTIVE ABOUT THE VIDEO. SHE WAS ARRESTED ON A WARRANT IN MARCH BY THE PORTER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE.>>I TOLD THEM, I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT. IT WAS NOT ME. JASON: AFTER HER ARREST, SHE WAS RELEASED ON A $400 BOND. HER ATTORNEY LATER OBTAINED THE UNDERCOVER VIDEO EVIDENCE SHOWING THAT OTHER SUSPECT. AFTER THE I-TEAM CONTACTED HER DEFENSE ATTORNEY, SHE FINALLY SAW SOME HOPE. .>>I GOT THE CALL THREE HOURS LATER TELLING ME THAT EVERYTHING WAS — JASON: DIE TEAM MAINTAINED — THE I-TEAM OBTAINED THESE MOTION TO DISMISS DOCUMENTS FILED BY PROSECUTORS. THE PROSECUTOR APOLOGIZED AND SAID THE CASE WAS FILED BEFORE HE WAS PROSECUTOR. HE BLAMES THE MIXUP ON THAT TATTOO, WHICH WAS ON VIRTUALLY THE EXACT SAME SPOT AND SAID, WE CANNOT BE 100% SURE IT WAS NOT HER, BUT AT THE SAME TIME, WE COULD NOT SAY IT WAS HER. WE ARE COMFORTABLE WITH BOTH THE DECISION TO CHARGE HER INITIALLY BASED ON THE INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT THE TIME, AND WE ARE COMFORTABLE WITH OUR DECISION TO DISMISS THE CASE.>>I THINK THEY ARE CRAZY, TOTALLY CRAZY TO GAME MIXUP LIKE THAT. JASON: SHE SAYS THE ORDEAL HAS BEEN EXPENSIVE, TIME-CONSUMING, AND STRESSFUL.>>IT’S BEEN VERY HARD. THE LAWYER PUTTING OUT THIS MONEY WE DON’T HAVE FOR SOMETHING I DID NOT DO. JASON: SHE SAYS THAT SHE IS CONSIDERING FILING A LAWSUIT AGAINST PORTER COUNTY AND SAYS SHE HAS SPENT ABOUT $1300 IN LEGAL FEES. SHE IS STILL UNCERTAIN AS TO HOW INVESTIGATORS ZERO IN ON HER TO BEGIN WITH. SHE THINKS THIS IS A CASE

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