Indiana State Police: Woman working in prison accused of smuggling contraband to inmates

Roberta Ashburn, 44, faces felony charge

HENRY COUNTY, Ind. - A woman working in the food service department at the New Castle Correctional Facility was accused of smuggling tobacco and cellphones to inmates.

Indiana State Police said Roberta Ashburn, 44, turned herself in to police at the Henry County Jail on Friday after a warrant was issued for her arrest.

Internal investigators said Ashburn worked for Aramark, the private company that provides food to the prison.
She was arrested on a felony charge of trafficking with an inmate. Her bail was set at $7,500, police said.

ISP said Ashburn's arrest was the second time this year that a prison employee was accused of smuggling contraband.

In January, former prison employee Richard Rice was arrested on charges of trafficking with an inmate, possession of marijuana and possession of heroin. 

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