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Indiana DOC officer faces drug charges

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. -- An Indiana Department of Corrections officer, Kenneth Bell, is facing drug charges in St. Joseph County, Indiana.

According to the St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office, the charges are a result of a search warrant that was executed August 1 at 1830 E. Fox Street in South Bend.

Charges were filed Friday for maintaining a common nuisance, possession of marijuana and dealing in marijuana.

Court documents say Indiana State Police troopers found 8 live rooted marijuana plants, four dead rooted plants and marijuana stalks in the basement of the home.

In the kitchen, troopers found an apparatus used for extracting THC from marijuana for the production of hashish oil. Inside the apparatus, troopers found a green leafy substance that tested positive for marijuana. It weight approximately 146 grams.

Bell works at the South Bend Community Re-Entry Center.

We contacted them for comment.

"Anytime you have staff that is convicted of doing something wrong, in terms of the law, and in this line of business, you would be totally surprised," said Gregory Cress, Superintendent of the South Bend Re-Entry Center.

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