by: Lauren Cross

MICHIGAN CITY — An Indiana State Prison prison guard was arrested earlier this week after a search of her personal property discovered she was attempting to traffic cellphones into the prison, authorities said. 

Cellphones, chargers, cash and romantic letters written by several inmates were discovered during a search of a correctional officer’s personal belongings as she attempting to bypass the prison’s metal detectors.

Portia Williams, 54, of Gary, has worked with the Indiana State Prison since October 21. She has been charged with trafficking cellphones with an offender, a level 5 felony, and official staff misconduct, a level 6 felony, according to an Indiana Department of Correction news release.