CARLISLE, Ind (WTHI) – Former Wabash Valley Correctional Facility(WVCF) officer Adrien Higgins has been arrested, for allegedly trafficking with an inmate. Higgins, 30, was intercepted at WVCF visitor processing on August 6thby Internal Affairs/Correctional Police for questioning, based on gathered intelligence.
During the interview she admitted being involved in an inappropriate relationship with offender Timothy Lear. Higgins also told investigators she smuggled in tobacco for the offender in early August for $50.
Investigators have linked the tobacco to an altercation in G Housing unit on August 2, 2014, involving 11 offenders. They indicated one group of offenders tried to force offender Lear to cut them into his tobacco trafficking operation with Higgins. Lear instead recruited other offenders to stop them, triggering the fight. No serious injuries were reported as a result of the altercation.
Higgins was fired from her correctional officer position August 6, and advised a criminal charge of Trafficking Tobacco to an Inmate, a Class A Misdemeanor would be pursued with the Sullivan County Prosecutor.
The Vigo County woman could not be located after that point. An arrest warrant for the trafficking charge was served on Higgins early Saturday morning in Vigo County.
“Her actions put our staff in danger trying to break up the fight, tarnished the reputation of our custody team and cost the facility thousands of dollars,” said Assistant Superintendent of Operations Frank Littlejohn.
The housing unit was locked down during the course of the altercation probe, increasing unit operational costs along with the expense of transporting offenders involved to other facilities.
Higgins was transported back to Sullivan County where she posted bond and was released.
Offender Lear, 26, was transferred to the Indiana State Prison and placed in a restrictive status housing unit, with conduct rule violations pending. Lear is serving a 60 year murder sentence on a Posey County conviction. His earliest release date is March of 2041.