Man charged with sending contraband to inmates

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A Bloomington man who police say hid razor blades, knives, cellphones and handcuffs in books sent to inmates at two state prisons and a Gary jail faces felony charges of trafficking with an inmate.

The Herald-Times reports Philip Michael Shelton was arrested after an investigation that began in March. A discount bookstore contacted police after receiving a package that had been returned from the Lake County Jail. The package contained a book with a hidden compartment that contained a cellphone.

Similar packages were delivered to the Westville Correctional Facility and the New Castle Correctional Facility. A probable cause affidavit says a New Castle inmate who received the package identified Shelton as the sender.

Indiana State Police say the inmates who received the items “were violent and high-risk offenders.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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