Hogsett: Prosecutors to continue crackdown on smuggled cell phones

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INDIANAPOLIS (October 28, 2013) – Smuggled cell phones have become an essential tool for inmates—and federal prosecutors say they’re making progress in cracking down on such cases.

According to U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett, the latest case involved inmates who were running a drug ring out of prison. They used the cell phones to orchestrate deliveries of methamphetamine and heroin.

Forty people were charged in connection with the case; 13 of them have been convicted and sentenced. Two others have filed petitions to enter a guilty plea.

Hogsett said it’s imperative to crack down on all prison contraband.

“Whether it’s drugs, whether it’s money, whether it’s cell phones, whether it’s any other form of contraband, prison officials need to assess and take whatever measures are necessary to keep that kind of contraband out of the prison population,” Hogsett said.

This is the third major prosecution launched by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in recent years targeting inmates and smuggled cell phones.