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Records: Officer admits trafficking drugs into state prison

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Posted at 2:39 PM, May 16, 2019

PUTNAM COUNTY — A Putnamville Correctional Facility officer has been fired amid allegations he trafficked drugs into the state prison.

Michael Miller, of Brazil, is charged with official misconduct, trafficking with an inmate, dealing in a schedule III controlled substance, all felonies, as well as misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance.

A spokeswoman for the Indiana Department of Correction said Miller was dismissed from his position.

“Putnamville Correctional Facility has a zero-tolerance policy for this type of misconduct,” Warden Brian Smith said. “Anyone found trafficking will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law; this will be no exception.”

Miller was arrested on May 9 after he admitted to bringing in a package he believed contained Suboxone, a drug used to treat opioid addiction.

According to court documents, Miller communicated with former offender Brandon Cooper who had been released in February 2019.

“Miller agreed to pick up a package containing an unknown amount of Suboxone from Cooper and traffic it into the facility,” read the probable cause affidavit. “Miller would be paid $2,000 for trafficking. Once inside he was supposed to deliver the Suboxone to offender Kevin Elmore.”

Miller admitted he taped the package to his genitals and was able to pass a security pat down, records show.

An attorney for Miller had no comment.