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December 19, 2012

Police: Man attempts to smuggle drugs to son in prison

PENDLETON, Ind. — Police prevented a visitor’s attempt to smuggle drugs and tobacco to his son in the Pendleton Correctional Facility on Saturday.

Frank M. Yarbrough, 61, of Indianapolis, tried to deliver heroin, marijuana and tobacco to his son, Ronald Nelson, according to a press release from the prison.

Yarbrough arrived to visit Nelson and was detained by detectives after a routine pat-down search. Correctional officers searched Yarbrough and found the illegal items in his pants, according to the release.

Nelson is serving sentences of 30 and 60 years out of Marion County for his conviction of dealing cocaine. His projected release date is Jan. 22, 2033.

This marks the first known incident of smuggling into the facility this year, said public information officer Neil Potter.

“It’s not a unique problem, but it hasn’t happened in a while,” Potter said. “We’ve had incidents of this nature and we need to watch for them.”

Yarbrough faces felony charges of trafficking a controlled substance with an inmate, possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance. He’s also charged with Class A misdemeanor trafficking tobacco with an inmate.

Officers separated Nelson from the rest of the jail population after the incident. Potter said Nelson’s role is being investigated.

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