A drug enterprise was located in the most unlikely of places, a prison!
Yes, you read that correctly. Federal authorities discovered that a multistate drug cartel was being orchestrated from an Indiana prison, by two prison inmates, in two different prisons.
According to authorities, two inmates, one at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility in southwest Indiana and another at Westville Correctional Facility in northern Indiana, used mobile phones to orchestrate distributions of cocaine, LSD, methamphetamine, heroin and PCP.
Surprisingly, the indictment alleged that the head of the drug enterprise is an inmate who was previously convicted of attempted murder and murder, and is serving life in prison.
One might wonder how mobile phones and illicit substances reached convicted inmates. Simple, corrections officers allegedly smuggled the illicit substances and mobile phones into the prison.
On Wednesday, August 22, during federal raids, authorities arrested forty people in connection with distribution of methamphetamine and heroin, orchestrated by inmates, with the assistance of corrections officers.
Of the forty individuals arrested on Wednesday, seventeen of them were arraigned in a federal court. Due to the fact that the presiding judge found them all to be flight risks, they were held without bail.
After fainting or falling asleep, one individual was escorted out of the courtroom.
Although the focus of the drug investigation was in Indiana, a representative for the Federal Bureau of Investigations divulged that several of the raids occurred in states other than Indiana.
There is no word yet regarding charging information. Stay tuned for up to the minute details regarding charges and further arrest information.
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Original Article: nbcnews.com
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