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Veteran Merrillville prison guard arrested for trafficking at Westville

Shalawn Johnson

Shalawn Johnson

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Updated: March 26, 2013 11:02PM



A Westville Correctional Facility officer was arrested Saturday for trafficking.

Shalawn Johnson, 40, of Merrillville, was stopped and questioned by Internal Affairs officers when she reported for her shift at 5:30 p.m. at the prison in LaPorte County, according to a press release.

During a search she was found to possess a cell phone intended to be delivered to an offender. Johnson, who was hired in July 2000, was arrested on one count of trafficking with an offender, a C felony and taken to the La Porte County Jail.

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 the offender who was allegedly involved.

“While the majority of our staff is dedicated to doing things the right way, we still have to be vigilant with every individual. Even those with years of experience can be swayed into doing the wrong things,” said Superintendent Mark Levenhagen.



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