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State Prison officer charged with trafficking

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An Indiana State Prison correctional officer was arrested July 30 at the facility on a charge of trafficking with an offender, the Indiana Department of Correction (DOC) said.

According to a statement released last week, Marcus Crenshaw, 27, of Chicago, reported for work at the start of his shift, was stopped and searched by facility investigators from Internal Affairs, and subsequently was found to be in possession of approximately 343 grams of a leafy substance which later field-tested positive for marijuana.

DOC said that the marijuana was intended for delivery to a prisoner.

Crenshaw--hired in April 2013--was charged with one count of trafficking and transported to LaPorte County Jail. He has been suspended without pay, DOC said.

Trafficking is a Class C felony punishable by a term of two to eight years.

“The incident is currently under investigation by the facility’s Internal Affairs Department to determine what charges or internal disciplinary action may be taken with any offenders allegedly involved,” DOC said.

“I congratulate the Indiana State Prison for continuing to be diligent in their efforts performance to remove those who feel they are above the law,” DOC Commissioner Bruce Lemmon said. “Those who uphold the honor of their position as state employees simply will not tolerate such activity.”

Added Superintendent William K. 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 8/5/2013