Putnamville corrections officer arrested, accused of planning to traffic drugs in jail

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Rachel Spendal

UPDATE (June 14, 2018) — Rachel Spendal pleaded guilty to attempted dealing of a controlled substance. Trafficking charges were dismissed. She was sentenced to 1.5 years, with four months on home detention and the rest suspended to probation.

GREENCASTLE, Ind.– Police say a corrections officer with the Putnamville Correctional Facility was arrested after they found drugs in her possession at work.

Wednesday morning, police were alerted to an officer in possession of what appeared to be contraband in the prison. A suspicious package fell out of Rachel Marie Spendal’s purse while working in an offender dorm.

When police searched the bag, a 3×3-inch square package was found wrapped in black electrical tape. Inside the package was pornographic images and several orange strips marked with an N8 – believed to be Suboxone.

Spendal’s vehicle was searched, and officers found a cell phone wrapped in black electrical tape. More orange strips were also found. She was arrested after allegedly confessing she was paid $1,000 to bring in the package for an inmate, Maverick Wells-Tennison.

“It is sad to see our own staff involved in trafficking, but they will be held to the same standard as any other visitor or offender, and will be prosecuted to the highest degree possible to ensure the safety and security of our facility, as well as the department,” said PCF Superintendent Brian Smith.

Spendal faces a felony charge of conspiracy to traffic a controlled substance and cell phone.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.