Woman charged with trafficking in Westville prison incident

2014-06-12T09:07:00Z 2014-06-12T20:05:10Z Woman charged with trafficking in Westville prison incidentTimes Staff nwitimes.com
June 12, 2014 9:07 am  • 

LANSING | An Indianapolis woman was arrested and charged with trafficking with an offender Tuesday after allegedly attempting to pass contraband to an inmate at the Westville Correctional Center.

Danica Canady was visiting inmate Dariel Jones when correctional officers allegedly saw her try to pass contraband to him, police said. Canady was transported to the LaPorte County Jail and booked on charges of trafficking, a Class C felony.

Jones was sentenced in Howard County in June 2013 to three years in prison for possession of a controlled substance, a Class D felony. It was Jones' third conviction for a drug offense since 2005.

Jones was placed under investigation by the Internal Affairs Department at the prison following Tuesday's trafficking incident and may face additional charges in LaPorte County as well as internal disciple, police said.

"It is sad when an inmate abuses his friends or family for personal gain rather than using them as a resource and incentive for positive outcomes," Superintendent Mark Levenhagen said in a statement issued Thursday.

IDOC Commissioner Bruce Lemmon commended the Westville staff, "for the thoroughness and diligence they apply to their duties and responsibilities."

"Constant vigilance is necessary to eliminate the abuse of visitation privileges by some to commit another crime," Lemmon said.

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