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Prison Guard Charged with Drug Trafficking

(Westville, IN) - A female correctional officer at the prison in Westville is accused of attempting to bring a male inmate marijuana hidden in a Cheetos bag.  Adeja Cunningham, 24, of Calumet City, Illinois is charged with level 5 felony trafficking with an inmate.


According to court documents, authorities at Westville Correctional Facility discovered Cunningham and the offender had been chatting with each other on Instagram.  In one of the messages, prison authorities said “they talked about picking up something and that it would be in the chips,” court documents revealed.


While reporting for duty on April 30, authorities at the prison allegedly found her in possession of two snack food bags.  Marijuana was located in the over 8 oz. bag of “XXTRA Flamin’ Hot Cheetos,” court documents revealed.  The alleged marijuana weighed about three quarters of an ounce.


According to court documents, the investigation also turned up evidence of a possible sexual relationship between Cunningham and the inmate.  Cunningham offered no response to her alleged drug related actions, but denied having sex with the offender, prison officials said.


Court records show Cunningham was released Wednesday from the LaPorte County Jail after posting $1,500 bond.  A trial date will be set at her next hearing scheduled June 30 in La Porte Superior Court 2.  She could face anywhere from a one to six year sentence.

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