Suspect arrested for trafficking at Indiana State Prison

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind.—Correctional Police Officers arrested a man after he was found throwing packages over a wall at Indiana State Prison on December 4.

At approximately 5 p.m., officers found Madison L. Kent, 26, of Michigan City, near Tower 8 throwing two cup shaped containers containing twelve mini cell phones, four cell phone batteries, three packages of multiple USB cords, five USB circuit boards, five SIM cards, one USB drive, one package of rolling papers, four bags of loose leaf tobacco, and one bag with a small amount of a “green, leafy substance.”

Kent was taken to the Administration Building of the Indiana State Prison, where officers took possession of the packages and interviewed the suspect.

He was then transported and booked into LaPorte County Jail and charged with a Level 5 felony trafficking.

Trafficking with an Offender is punishable by imprisonment of up to eight years and up to a $10,000 fine.

“I am thankful that staff were diligent in their duties and Tower Officers were paying attention to this person coming out of the wood line toward the wall of the facility.  Staff took immediate action and called the armed perimeter patrol to respond to the area where he was able to identify and detained the suspect until MCPD and Correctional Police Officers arrived on scene.   This is a very serious offense that causes a multitude of problems inside of a Correctional Facility.  We will prosecute these cases to the fullest extent of the law,” said Indiana State Prison Warden Ron Neal.

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