Correctional officer arrested for trafficking at Putnamville

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

PUTNAMVILLE — A correctional officer at Putnamville Correctional Facility was arrested on Sunday after admitting to bringing contraband into the prison.

Justin Johnson

Officer Justin Ray Johnson, 25, Rosedall, was arrested on Sunday for Level 5 felony trafficking with an inmate.

The Office of Investigation and Intelligence Lead Investigator Fernell Keith McDonald and Investigator Rob Evans at PCF recently received information which sparked an investigation into Johnson.

During questioning, Johnson admitted to trafficking illegal narcotics into the facility on several occasions for multiple offenders. He also had cash and a loaded handgun in his vehicle on facility grounds.

“It is sad to see our own staff involved in trafficking, but they are not above the law,” PCF Warden Brian Smith said. “Any trafficker will be held accountable, and will be prosecuted to ensure the safety and security of our facility, as well as the department.”

Johnson was transported to the Putnam County Jail and booked in at 10:29 p.m.

He had a valid permit for the handgun and the weapon was transported to the jail and given to Putnam County Jail staff.

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  • Pathetically stupid person. Now has his life all screwed up.

    -- Posted by Queen53 on Tue, Sep 5, 2017, at 9:49 PM
  • @ Queen53--so your life is perfect then??? You don't make mistakes???

    -- Posted by donantonioelsabio on Tue, Sep 5, 2017, at 11:23 PM
  • I wouldn't refer to a level 5 felony as a "mistake". Additionally he admitted to making this "mistake" on several occasions for multiple offenders.

    -- Posted by erjvh on Wed, Sep 6, 2017, at 11:07 AM
  • Please join us Saturday, Sept 9th, 2017 at the Putnam County Courthouse ,1 Courthouse Sq. Greencastle In,46135 at 4:30 , Lights of Hope, We will have the Band JESTER, some awesome speakers that will tell there story about addiction.

    -- Posted by Sheila Holloway on Thu, Sep 7, 2017, at 9:08 AM
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