Two Ind. prisoners were convicted of federal charges in an alleged drug trafficking ring
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INDIANAPOLIS - Federal prosecutors say two inmates have been convicted for their role in a drug trafficking ring that was directed from Indiana state prisons.
Forty-five-year-old Russell Yerden was sentenced to 27 years in federal prison, and 32-year-old Michael Foley, was sentenced to 25 years.
U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett says Yerden and Foley were two of 40 people indicted in the scheme in 2012.
"This prosecution involves allegations that, for more than a year, inmates orchestrated an illicit business from their prison cells that flooded the state with dangerous drugs," said Hogsett.
A federal indictment alleges that about 40 inmates ran a drug ring from behind bars in prisons in Pendleton and Westville.
Authorities say Yerden and Foley distributed methamphetamine using cellphones smuggled in by guards, who would also smuggle the drugs into the prison. They also say the pair were involved in "significant drug trafficking" across Central Indiana, including transactions in Noblesville, Crawfordsville, New Castle and Elkhart.
Both defendants were also sentenced to years of federally-supervised release at the end of their prison term.
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