Police charge four suspects with drug trafficking at Marion County Jail II, police searching for another suspect

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Four people including three inmates at Marion County Jail II have been arrested after police say they snuck drugs, cell phones, and supplies into the facility. Now, officers are searching for a woman that helped traffick the contraband.

Investigators say they found a jail cell window had been tampered with during the overnight hours of Jan. 11. During a search of the cell, deputies found synthetic marijuana, cigarettes, and cocaine.

“They had engineers come in and they felt that it was adequate and that the problem was solved. They exposed a new problem with the window and were able to get through it. Core Civic is back to the drawing board,” said Lt. Colonel and Marion County Jail commander James Martin.

Three inmates and two other suspects were arrested on several charges.

Timothy Logan, 28, faces charges of trafficking a controlled substance with an inmate (Level 5 Felony), dealing in cocaine (Level 5 Felony), dealing in a synthetic drug or lookalike substance (Level 6 Felony), trafficking with an inmate (A Misdemeanor), possession of cocaine (Level 6 Felony) and possession of a synthetic drug or lookalike substance (Level 6 Felony).

Inmate Thomas Cox, 30, faces charges of trafficking a controlled substance with an inmate (Level 5 Felony), dealing in cocaine (Level 5 Felony), dealing in a synthetic drug or lookalike substance (Level 6 Felony), trafficking with an inmate (A Misdemeanor), possession of cocaine (Level 6 Felony) and possession of a synthetic drug or lookalike substance (Level 6 Felony).

Two other inmates, Troy Logan, 40, and Lamar Bigsbee, 29, face charges of trafficking a controlled substance with an inmate (Level 5 Felony), dealing in cocaine (Level 5 Felony), dealing in a synthetic drug or lookalike substance (Level 6 Felony), and trafficking with an inmate (A Misdemeanor).

Deputies are still searching for Lamanda Skates, 25. She has a warrant out for her arrest on several trafficking and drug charges. Police say Skates who has not yet been arrested met Timothy Logan at the Hardees downtown and gave him the contraband. Logan is the brother of one of the inmates. He dropped the package off at a jail window engineers had been working to fix.

“It was a plan that was developed by the inmates that are housed at the Core Civic Center, formerly the CCA. We are working with the facility to make sure that it does not happen again,” said Lt. Colonel Martin.

But, this may not be the first time. Four months ago a former employee of Marion County Jail II told FOX59 News that inmates were smuggling drugs in through the windows. Sheriff Layton said staff members were working to keep the inmates away from the external windows.

“I know the inmates have a way of cutting in the windows. The windows on the CCA are industry standard and with personal hygiene products they can smear that on the glass and then when the sun beats on it, it can heat up to where it can be easily picked out with a paperclip like putty,” said former CCA employee Gabe Frost.

Also in October, one offender died of a suspected drug overdose after apparently swalling a balloon full of heroin during a search.

Marion County Sheriff’s deputies says the run down facility and jail overcrowding is a big part of the recent issues.

“The building was not designed to be a jail. It was a business complex turned into a jail to free up jail beds,” said Lt. Colonel Martin.

Anyone with information on Skates is asked to call the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Communications at 317-327-3811 or Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477)

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