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DOC: Woman brings drugs when picking up prisoner scheduled for release

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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.

Recovered from 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.

“Offender Jose 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.”



Posted 3/21/2019




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