MICHIGAN CITY – A man is facing a felony charge after he was caught trying to toss containers of contraband over the wall of the Indiana State Prison on Tuesday.

Madison L. Kent, 26, of Michigan City, was arrested by Correctional Police and booked into La Porte County Jail on a felony charge of trafficking, according to prison officials.

About 5 p.m. Tuesday, prison staff were notified of an individual "going in and out of the wooded area by Tower 8" and a man "trying to throw something over the wall," Warden Ron Neal said in a statement.

Correctional staff found two cup-shaped containers containing 12 mini cell phones, four cell phone batteries, three packages of multiple USB cords, five USB circuit boards, five SIM cards, a USB drive, a package rolling papers, four bags of loose leaf tobacco, and a bag with a small amount of a green leafy substance, Neal said. 

Michigan City Police were called and held the suspect until Correctional Police arrived. Kent was taken to the Administration Building, where correctional police interviewed him and opened the packages, according to Neal.

Kent was charged and is being held in the La Porte County Jail on a $1,505 cash bond. If convicted he faces up to eight years in prison and fine of up to $10,000. 

“I am thankful that staff were diligent in their duties and Tower Officers were paying attention to this person coming out of the wood line toward the wall of the facility," Neal said. "Staff took immediate action and called the armed perimeter patrol to respond to the area where he was able to identify and detained the suspect until MCPD and Correctional Police Officers arrived on scene.

"This is a very serious offense that causes a multitude of problems inside of a Correctional Facility," the warden said. "We will prosecute these cases to the fullest extent of the law.”

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