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MICHIGAN CITY — A recently released inmate from the Indiana State Prison was back in custody Thursday after an officer allegedly caught him trying to smuggle contraband into his old stomping grounds.

A patrol officer was driving in the area of the prison along Woodlawn and Sheridan avenues at about 9 a.m. when he saw a man — later identified as Tyron Kennedy, 37, of Michigan City — on the side of the road, Michigan City police said in a news release.

As the officer got closer, he watched Kennedy, whose moped was parked nearby, “throw an object over the fence into the prison grounds,” police said in the release.

Prison personnel assisted the officer in retrieving the package that Kennedy allegedly threw over a fence into the prison grounds.

The package contained three cellphones, tobacco and a thin, blue package titled Suboxone, a prescription medication commonly used to combat opioid withdrawal symptoms but can be addictive when misused. 

Kennedy was released from prison Nov. 24 after serving time on felony robbery charges, Indiana Department of Correction records show.

Kennedy was then placed under arrest and charged with three counts of trafficking a cellphone, one count of trafficking tobacco and one count of trafficking a controlled substance, all level 5 felonies.

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Public safety reporter

Lauren covers breaking news, crime and courts for The Times. She previously worked at The Herald-News in Joliet covering government, public policy, and the region’s heroin epidemic. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting.