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.
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
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.”