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Another prison contractor charged with trafficking, this time it is heroin

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An Aramark food supervisor working at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City was arrested Monday on charges of trafficking and possession of a controlled substance, the Indiana Department of Correction (DOC) said today.

According to DOC, at 9:45 a.m. Letrice Drake, 25, of Gary, failed to clear the search procedure on entering the prison. She was searched and a package wrapped in black electrical tape was discovered on her person, DOC said. On being opened, the package was found to contain the following suspected items: heroin, suboxone, marijuana, and tobacco, DOC said.

Drake was transported to LaPorte County Jail.

Trafficking is a Class C felony punishable by a term of two to eight years. Possession of a controlled substance is also a Class C felony.

The incident is currently under investigation by the facility’s Internal Affairs Department and appropriate charges and disciplinary actions will be reviewed, DOC said.

All employees and visitors are searched prior to entering the facility.

Drake began her employment with Aramark on March 14. Aramark provides food service to DOC.

“The vast majority of the thousands of correctional staff are dedicated to performing their duties in a safe and professional manner,” DOC Commissioner Bruce Lemmon said. “However, when one fails, we will hold them accountable to the public.”

Added Superintendent William Wilson, “I am very proud of the staff and the great work we do on a daily basis. This is indicative of our commitment to maintain the safety and security of the facility. We will continue to aggressively pursue and eradicate these individuals who choose to compromise the integrity of our profession.”


Posted 5/22/2014