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September 14, 2011

Cellphones, tobacco found inside package at correctional facility

PENDLETON, Ind. — The discovery of cellphones and tobacco hidden inside an envelope mailed to a prisoner has resulted in an arrest warrant, Indiana State Police said Wednesday.

On Aug. 30, the Correctional Industrial Facility at Pendleton received a package in the mail addressed to an offender.

The return address on the package label listed the address for the Branchville Correctional Facility.  

Enclosed in the package were what appeared to be cans of soda and snacks.

Upon further investigation by mailroom staff and Internal Affairs Officer Mike Rains, cellphones and tobacco were found hidden inside the contents.

In a collaborative effort with Rains, the Tell City post office, Branchville investigator Jeff Hendershot and the Madison County prosecutor’s office, a warrant was issued for Barbara J. Shreves, the reported sender of the package.

She will be charged with trafficking with an inmate, a Class C felony, according ISP. Her address was not provided by investigators.

“I commend the mailroom staff and Mr. Rains for the excellent security work which resulted in the detection and seizure of this contraband,” said CIF Superintendent Donna Carneygee.  

Carneygee also expressed her appreciation to the Tell City post office, Hendershot and the Madison County prosecutor’s office for their assistance.

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