A person scheduled
to pick up a prisoner being released from Westville Correctional Facility
was instead arrested herself on multiple drug charges, the Indiana
Department of Correction (DOC) said.
According to DOC,
on Wednesday, March 13, the prison’s Investigations and Intelligence Office
received information of “possible trafficking during an offender’s scheduled
facility release” the next day.
At 7:45 a.m.
Thursday, March 14, staff was notified that Kayla Booth had checked in at
the main gate to pick up offender Jose Delgato. On making contact with
Booth, who was parked outside of the Main Gate entry doors, staff confronted
her with the information which had been received the previous day. Booth
initially denied being in possession of any controlled substances but, on
being told that a probable cause search was to be conducted of her vehicle
and person, she “admitted to having drugs and drug paraphernalia,” DOC said.
Booth’s vehicle: a smoking device; a bag containing less than one gram of
methamphetamine; three strips of Suboxone; and three Acetaminophen/Hydrocodone
pills, DOC said.
Booth was taken
into custody and booked into the LaPorte County Jail on charges of dealing
in a Schedule II controlled substance; possession of methamphetamine; and
possession of a controlled substance.
Delgado’s release was suspended pending an investigation,” DOC added.
“Enough cannot be
said about the efficiency with which the WCC Investigations Staff perform
their duties,” Warden Sevier said. “Everyone benefits when we can prevent
these occurrences from happening.”