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Brazil man arrested for trafficking with an inmate

Friday, September 3, 2010

Seth Curtis
PUTNAMVILLE -- A Brazil man was recently charged with two felonies connected to trafficking with an inmate at the Putnamville Correctional Facility.

Seth M. Curtis, 22, was formally charged in Putnam County Circuit Court with a class A felony dealing in a narcotic drug and class C felony trafficking with an inmate.

He works for Aramark Food Service, the company who provides meals for offenders.

At his initial hearing, Curtis pled not guilty to both charges. His bond was set at $40,000 cash, and as of Thursday, he remained in the Putnam County Jail.

Curtis requested a public defender and Joel Wieneke was assigned to the case. A pretrial conference was set for Oct. 14.

Court records indicated Curtis, who was a supervisor for Aramark, was interviewed by officers Aug. 25, in the Internal Affairs Office at the prison after officials received a tip that Curtis was trafficking with Aryan Brotherhood members at the facility.

"During the interview, Mr. Curtis did admit to trafficking with offender (James) Campbell," a narrative prepared by Putnam Correctional Facility Correctional Officer Quentin Storm said.

Campbell, 37, was convicted in Fulton County October 2005 on two counts of class B felony dealing in cocaine or a narcotic drug. His earliest possible release date is listed on the Indiana Department of Correction website as June 25, 2015.

Curtis told Storm he had received a cell phone call from Campbell earlier that day, instructing Curtis to "bring in the package when he comes into work around 2 p.m."

Curtis had smuggled that package into the prison. It was concealed under his testicles, and he voluntarily surrendered it.

Storm's report described the package as "a horseshoe-shaped, clear plastic parcel containing what was identified by Mr. Curtis as tobacco."

Also in the parcel, the report said, were two smaller parcels wrapped in black electrical tape. Curtis told Storm he had received the parcel from "an unknown black man in Indianapolis behind a 7-11 store on Michigan Street at the direction of offender Campbell. Curtis was not sure what was inside these parcels, but indicated he believed the substances were narcotics."

When the parcels were unwrapped, officers found three more parcels wrapped inside balloons. The substance contained in the balloons was field tested and determined to be heroin -- a total of 13.9 grams.

Curtis told Storm he had been trafficking with Campbell for about seven months. He said he was paid $300 via Western Union each time he brought a package into the facility.

"He could not give me an estimated amount of money he has been paid for trafficking, because there were too many incidents to recall," Storm said in his report.

Storm placed Curtis under arrest and transported him to the Putnam County Jail.

Curtis declined to sign a waiver that would give police permission to search his personal vehicle.

The vehicle was towed from the prison to the Indiana State Police Post across United States 40 and secured inside the garage at the request of Putnam County Deputy Prosecutor James Hanner.

A search warrant will be obtained, officials said.

If convicted on both charges, Curtis could receive a prison sentence of up to 23 years.

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LOL....I have great respect for the law, but as he was caught red-handed on Dept. of Corrections property it seems like a waste of money to transport him to the jail, have a trial, then sentence him back to the DOC. I wouldn't want to have his rights violated, but it seems that a conference call to a judge, the prosecutor, and a defense attorney would have satisfied justice without him leaving the correctional facility.

I don't reckon he will be bringing any contraband on his next visit. It may be a long time before he sees the outside, too.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Fri, Sep 3, 2010, at 11:59 PM

He would have to be moved to another facility. Especially since it tells who he was trafficing with and what STG (Security Threat Group) he was trafficing with.

-- Posted by usaflawler on Sat, Sep 4, 2010, at 6:15 AM

What a waste of a young life. Its a shame he let a bunch of worthless thugs and some cash cloud his judgement.

-- Posted by TheShadow on Sat, Sep 4, 2010, at 1:13 PM

Aryan brotherhood and got the drugs off a black man...??? Hummm

-- Posted by lilmomma on Sat, Sep 4, 2010, at 8:37 PM

Very true

-- Posted by lilmomma on Mon, Sep 6, 2010, at 9:25 AM

WHAT?? No jeers after reading THIS:

"Curtis had smuggled that package into the prison. It was concealed under his testicles, and he voluntarily surrendered it."

Pretty balsy move, I'd say.

-- Posted by Emmes on Tue, Sep 7, 2010, at 11:52 AM

Emmes!! Sigh....Funny though.

-- Posted by Oldtown on Tue, Sep 7, 2010, at 12:08 PM

Not only that Emmes, but the arresting officer thought he was crazy and told him "Seth, you are under arrest as I can clearly see your nuts!" ahhh puns all around today....

-- Posted by Indymove on Tue, Sep 7, 2010, at 2:36 PM

That sure does give a whole new meaning to "testicular fortitude".

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Wed, Sep 8, 2010, at 1:46 PM

Sorry, OLDTOWN .. I got tired of posting the same comments about the same kind of people. ; )

I like these postings much better!

-- Posted by Emmes on Thu, Sep 9, 2010, at 11:19 AM

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