Woman arrested at Dunes State Park faces trafficking charge
By CArrie Napoleon Post-Tribune correspondent April 30, 2014 11:00AM
Updated: June 2, 2014 12:47PM
CHESTERTON — A Knox woman was arrested Tuesday for allegedly trying to transfer synthetic marijuana and tobacco to a work release inmate at the Indiana Dunes State Park.
Indiana Conservation Officer Terri Arlandson, with the Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division, said Indiana Department of Corrections Police became suspicious after they noticed a vehicle driving around the park near where the work release inmates were working.
“They are always watching when their guys are working. They got a feeling something was a little strange,” Arlandson said. Because the activity was occurring on state park property, she said conservation officers became involved.
Christy Chavez, 38, of Knox, was apprehended by corrections police who turned over the investigation to Department of Natural Resources officers upon their arrival.
“When we picked up the investigation it was discovered she had synthetic marijuana and tobacco on her,” Arlandson said.
The woman admitted she intended to pass the products to an inmate. The inmate who was to receive the contraband was not identified by the corrections officer.
Chavez was taken to the Porter County Jail and has been charged with trafficking a controlled substance, a Class C felony, to an offender from the Westville Correctional Facility.