Westville Correctional Facility
Marvel Cooper, from Terre Haute– arrested for Level 5 felony Trafficking with an Offender at Westville Correctional Facility
WESTVILLE- Marvel Cooper from Terre Haute, Ind. planned to visit offender Charles Johnson - #146895 this morning. She was stopped and questioned by facility Correctional Police Officers from the Office of Investigations and Intelligence. Following questioning and a subsequent search she was found to be in possession of contraband. She was arrested on one count of Trafficking with an offender – a Level 5 felony as well as Possession of a controlled substance – a Class A misdemeanor, then transported to the La Porte County Jail for booking.
The incident is still under investigation by the facility’s investigative office to determine what charges or internal disciplinary action may be taken with Johnson or any others allegedly involved. Johnson was sentenced for ten years for Robbery – Felony Class B by the Vigo County Superior Court. His projected release date is 01-20-2018 – pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation.
“Our staff did an excellent job of maintaining their level of vigilance,” advised Superintendent Mark Sevier. “While the vast majority of visitors pose no issues, we must always pay attention to seek out those who try to abuse their visitation privileges.”
“I commend Westville for doing everything it can to prevent contraband from coming into their facility from any and every possible source,” said Indiana Department of Correction Commissioner Bruce Lemmon.
Additional information concerning the arrest and pending charges can be obtained from the La Porte County Jail or the La Porte County Prosecutor’s Office. All suspects in arrests are presumed innocent until proven otherwise in a court of law.
About Westville Correctional Facility:
Westville Correctional Facility was converted from a state mental health hospital to a prison in 1977. It is situated on over 200 acres in La Porte County, and contains minimum, medium and maximum security units. Nearly 3400 offenders are housed at WCC, and over 2400 are returned to the community annually from WCC.
About the Indiana Department of Correction:
The Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) employs over 8,000 staff and houses nearly 28,000 adult and juveniles in 20 adult and 5 juvenile facilities. About 1,000 more are housed in contracted facilities or contracted county jail beds. An additional 10,000 adults are monitored by 9 parole districts. IDOC collaboratively funds community corrections programs in 78 counties. Our internet home page can be found at: http://www.in.gov/idoc. Our Re-entry Site can be found at: http://www.in.gov/reentry.
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