Ind. Prison Officials 'Outraged' Over Trafficking Allegations
40 Charged With Running Meth Ring From Prisons
7:22 AM, Aug 23, 2012
Indiana prison officials are stressing to staff the consequences of trafficking with inmates after 40 people, including two guards, were indicted on charges of running of methamphetamine and heroin ring.According to the indictment, between June 2011 and August, two inmates coordinated buying meth, heroin, PCP and acid from California and Chicago and having it shipped to Indiana, where correction officers would smuggle some of the drugs and cellphones behind bars.Oscar Perez and Justin Addler, who were in custody at separate state prisons, coordinated the drug ring with the help of correctional officers at at least three facilities -- Westville Correction facility, Wabash Valley Correctional Facility and Pendleton Correctional Facility, according to the indictment.Officials with the Indiana Department of Correction said the agency worked with the FBI throughout the investigation."We feel disappointed, outraged, dismayed, when something like that happens," said IDOC spokesman Doug Garrison.Officials would not discuss specifics of when prison officials alerted federal law enforcement to the problem, but stressed that trafficking is an issue faced across the country."The trafficking of contraband is difficult for prisons," Garrison said. "Sometimes those items of contraband are in intimate places that are almost impossible to find."The prisons involved in the raid are not under lockdown. Officials said shakedowns of inmate cells continue on a random basis.