A newly hired food service worker at the Westville Correctional Facility was
arrested Saturday on a charge of trafficking, the Indiana Department of
Correction (DOC) said.
According to police, Ranetta Shelton, 30, of Gary, reported for work on
Saturday morning and--like everyone entering the prison--was searched. “When
she was unable to successfully clear that search, she was questioned by
correctional police officers from the Internal Affairs Department of the
facility,” DOC said.
She was then arrested on a charge of trafficking--a Class C felony
punishable by a term of two to eight years--and transported to LaPorte
DOC did not specify the contraband which Shelton is alleged to have been
Shelton was hired in September 2013.
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 offender(s) allegedly involved.
“Trafficking is treated as a serious problem within the facility,”
Superintendent Mark Levenhagen said. “One employee can jeopardize the safety
of everyone inside the facility, including their co-workers, and that
behavior is simply not tolerated.”
“While the vast majority of the thousands of correctional staff are
dedicated to performing their duties conscientiously,” DOC Commissioner
Bruce Lemmon said, “everyone has to remain vigilant for those few who test