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Michigan City food service worker accused of trafficking drugs into state prison

Letrice Drake (Courtesy Indiana Dept. of Correction) Letrice Drake (Courtesy Indiana Dept. of Correction)
A food supervisor working with the Indiana State Prison is facing drug trafficking charges.  Authorities with the Indiana Department of Corrections say Letrice Drake was caught smuggling a package into the prison in Michigan City.

The Department of Correction says security found the package, wrapped in black electrical tape, during a routine inspection when Drake entered the prison for work.  Authorities opened the package and found several suspicious items suspected to be heroin, suboxone, marijuana, and several tobacco products.

“I am very proud of the staff and the great work we do on a daily basis," said Superintendent William Wilson.  "This is indicative of our commitment to maintain the safety and security of the facility.   We will continue to aggressively pursue and eradicate these individuals who choose to compromise the integrity of our profession.”

Drake was working for Aramark, a food service company that contracts with the Department of Correction.  “The vast majority of the thousands of correctional staff are dedicated to performing their duties in a safe and professional manner,” said Indiana Department of Correction Commissioner Bruce Lemmon. “However, when one fails, we will hold them accountable to the public.”

The case remains under investigation by the prison's Internal Affairs Department.  If convicted, Drake could spend up to eight years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines.
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