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40 indicted in drug ring run from Indiana prisons

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Posted: Aug 23, 2012 12:33 PM
Updated: Aug 23, 2012 12:33 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: drug ring, Indiana, prison, methamphetamine, heroin, prison guard, FBI, Indianapolis, Oscar Perez, Justin Addler, WBRZ

INDIANAPOLIS - Two inmates housed at different Indiana prisons are accused of running a drug ring thanks to cellphones smuggled in by guards.

A federal indictment unsealed Wednesday charges 40 people in connection with a scheme that involved methamphetamine, heroin and other drugs. The indictment also alleges that prison guards smuggled cellphones and drugs into prisons.

The FBI says about 300 agents fanned out across the state and made arrests. At least 17 people appeared in court Wednesday in Indianapolis. The judge ordered they be held in custody.

The indictment indicates Oscar Perez and Justin Addler were at the center of the ring. According to prison records, Perez is serving time for murder and Addler for drug dealing.

One corrections officer is charged, though the indictment says multiple guards were involved.

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