MICHIGAN CITY — Indiana State Prison Superintendent Ron Neal reported that correctional officer Gordon Dennis was arrested Saturday for attempted trafficking of cell phones and a controlled substance while attempting to enter the facility at shift change.

At approximately 5:45 a.m., Dennis was reporting to work. As all staff are required to submit to a routine shakedown upon entrance to the facility, indicators led investigators to search the personal vehicle of Officer Dennis, which revealed two cell phones, a cell phone watch, and a substance, which appeared to be K-2, a synthetic marijuana.

Dennis began employment with the Indiana Department of Correction at the Indiana State Prison on April 4, 2014. Correctional police officers arrested Dennis at the facility and transported him to the La Porte County Jail with no further incident. Dennis was charged with a Level 5 felony for attempting to traffic with an offender.

Neal commended staff for their diligence and professionalism while ultimately maintaining the safety and security of the facility.

"It is very disappointing when one of your colleagues puts all other staff in danger by attempting to bring contraband into the facility," Neal said. "However, this event proves that the dedicated and professional staff of the Indiana State Prison will not tolerate trafficking by anyone, at any time, for any reason."

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