Putnamville guard arrested for smuggling drugs into prison

Posted: 12:08 PM, Sep 06, 2017
Updated: 2017-09-06 12:08:47-04
Putnamville guard arrested for smuggling drugs into prison

GREENCSATLE, Ind. -- A corrections officer at the Putnamville Correctional Facility was arrested Tuesday on allegations he smuggled contraband into the prison.

The Indiana Department of Correction issued a statement Tuesday saying corrections officer Justin Ray Johnson had been taken into custody following an investigation into possible drug trafficking at the prison.

According to the release, when questioned by investigators, Johnson admitted he had trafficked illegal narcotics into the facility “on several occasions for multiple offenders.”

“It is sad to see our own staff involved in trafficking, but they are not above the law. Any trafficker will be held accountable, and will be prosecuted to ensure the safety and security of our facility, as well as the department,” Putnamville Correctional Facility Warden Brian Smith said in a statement.

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Johnson was booked into the Putnam County Jail on preliminary charges of trafficking with an inmate, a level 5 felony.

Johnson is at least the second Putnamville correctional officer arrested this year on allegations of smuggling contraband into the facility.

In July, officer Rachel Marie Spendal told investigators she had been paid $1,000 to bring a package containing Suboxone and pornographic photos to an inmate inside the facility.

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