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.”

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