Westville Guard Charged With Trafficking
(Photo courtesy Westville Correctional Facility)
A 31-year-old Westville Correctional Facility Officer from LaPorte was arrested Friday at the facility for Bribery, a Class C felony and Attempted Trafficking, a Class A misdemeanor.
Brandon Neumann was hired in August 2012. Superintendent Mark Levenhagen said Neumann reported for work at the start of his shift. He was stopped and questioned by facility Correctional Police Officers from Internal Affairs. Following questioning and a subsequent search he was found to possess tobacco intended to be delivered to an offender. He was arrested on one count of bribery and one of attempted trafficking, then transported to the La Porte County Jail for booking following his emergency suspension without pay.
Levenhagen said “Despite our efforts to train new staff about the dangers of trafficking with an inmate,offenders still are able to lure some staff with promises of what they describe as easy money.”
The incident is still under investigation by the facility’s Internal Affairs Department to determine what charges or internal disciplinary action may be taken with any offenders allegedly involved.