Visitor arrested for trafficking at Putnamville

Monday, July 13, 2015
Preparing for transit to the Putnam County Jail from Putnamville Correctional Facility, Correctional Police Officer David Wire places Kristen Stepp of Indianapolis in a DOC van following Stepp's arrest for trafficking marijuana with an offender. (Courtesy of Indiana Department of Correction)

PUTNAMVILLE -- A visitor was arrested Sunday afternoon during a visit at Putnamville Correctional Facility.

Kristin Stepp, 20, Indianapolis, was interviewed and later taken to Putnam County Jail after being caught handing off a controlled substance to an offender.

While Stepp was visiting with her friend, offender Noah Vanhorn, prison officials observed Stepp remove an object from her pants and place it inside a snack bag on the small table that separated them.

The maneuver was witnessed and verified by a shift supervisor, who was able to watch the visit on camera.

Two sergeants responded to the visiting room, secured offender Vanhorn and ended the visit, bringing the offender to a nearby area to be searched.

Another sergeant secured the evidence that was still on the table in the snack bag. Inside the snack bag that was on the table was another plastic bag containing individually wrapped bags of a green leafy substance which tested positive for marijuana and THC.

Stepp was escorted to a different area by female staff to wait for Correctional Police Officer David Wire to interview her. She was subsequently taken to the jail for processing.

She was booked in at 1:50 p.m., charged with Level 5 felony trafficking with an offender.

"We would like to thank our staff for their quick response and diligence," PCF Superintendent Brian Smith said. "We are pleased that the officers were able to prevent these illegal drugs from coming into the facility."

Vanhorn, 20, from Indianapolis, is currently serving sentences for two counts of burglary with a release date of May 9, 2017. He has been placed in the administrative restricted housing unit and could face other criminal charges pending the outcome of the investigation.

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  • Life is too short to behave that stupidly...

    -- Posted by conffool on Mon, Jul 13, 2015, at 12:40 PM
  • While I am very happy to see this taken place we have to many young men in prison with drug problems as it is, an then for some one to bring it to them especially a so-called friend or family member is just terrible, do they not know the harm they are causing this person is in there to get away from the drugs it is bad enough that some prison guards slip things in to sell to immates but your own so-called friends an family WAKE UP PEOPLE HELP STOP TRYING TO DESTROY WHAT THE SYSTEM IS TRYING TO DO>>>>>>>

    -- Posted by mikie on Mon, Jul 13, 2015, at 1:05 PM
  • The superintendent is always quick to brag how they caught a drug trafficker, but shouldn't visitors be searched at the main gate? Hard telling how many succeed once they're inside.

    -- Posted by Ben Dover on Mon, Jul 13, 2015, at 1:37 PM
  • Obviously you've never worked at a prison, I don't know what a "main gate" is ? The best search's by police or prison staff can't eliminate the possibility of not finding something, that is why they are watched very closely during the visit.


    -- Posted by vwthing on Mon, Jul 13, 2015, at 4:19 PM
  • Putnamville has what appears to be a main gate, I assume no one gets through without scrutiny. You can't get through airport security without a search, why not a prison? And there's no apostrophe needed for a plural noun. Search's? Duhhh.....

    -- Posted by Ben Dover on Tue, Jul 14, 2015, at 8:58 AM
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