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Visitor charged with attempted trafficking at Westville Correctional

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A visitor at the Westville Correctional Facility was arrested Saturday on a charge of attempted trafficking with an offender, the Indiana Department of Correction (DOC) said.

According to DOC, at 8:45 a.m. Mariah Hagler entered the facility to visit inmate Kory Powelson with their child when she was confronted by staff.

“Both visitor and offender were escorted to the Investigations and Intelligence Office for questioning regarding information she may be attempting to traffic,” DOC said. “It was during this time, the visitor admitted there were drugs in her vehicle. A search warrant for the visitor’s vehicle was obtained and executed at 1 p.m. resulting in the discovery of a controlled substance.”

Hagler was charged with possession of a controlled substance and attempting to traffic a controlled substance with an offender. Hagler was transported to the LaPorte County Jail and her child was placed in the custody of Child Protective Services, DOC said.

Warden Mark Sevier stated, “Thanks to the unwavering efforts of our Investigations and Intelligence team, we were able to prevent a major delivery of contraband coming into the facility.”



Posted 7/24/2018




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