CROWN POINT | A Hammond man faces drug-related charges after officers found in his house a teenage girl who had been reported missing.
Michael A. Locke, 23, was charged Friday with maintaining a common nuisance, possession of paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. According to court records, Locke bailed out of the Lake County Jail on Monday.
Hammond officers went to Locke’s apartment Feb. 19 at 31 Elizabeth St. after learning a missing teen was at the home, according to the affidavit. Taylor LeVan, 15, was reported missing Feb. 9 and had last been seen at the Wal-Mart located on 165th Street in Hammond.
After officers were allowed into the apartment, they immediately recognized a girl there as LeVan. According to the affidavit, Locke, who called the girl “Brooke,” said he didn’t know how old she was and had just met her.
Officers found marijuana at the apartment, which Locke admitted to using, according to the affidavit.