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Boone Co. Jail Nurse Arrested, Charged With Drug Trafficking

Dennell Clark was a contractor at the jail. She's accused of bringing drugs into the jail and sharing them with at least one inmate.

BOONE COUNTY, Ind. -- A nurse working at the Boone County Jail was arrested Tuesday for drug trafficking with an inmate.

Sheriff Mike Nielsen says 37-year-old Dennell Clark, a contractor, admitted to bringing Xanax into the facility and giving it to an inmate. A statement from the Boone County Sheriff's Office says at least four inmates could be charged in connection to Clark's crime. 

Investigators are still looking for a reason why Clark decided to traffick the drugs and say "financial gain, emotional manipulation and sympathy" could have been possible motives.

Clark was terminated from her job with Quality Correctional Care, LLC after her arrest.

"It makes no difference if you are a full time employee, part time employee, sworn employee, civilian employee, volunteer or a contracted vendor; we are all held to higher standards when working in this profession. In today’s society it is unfortunate that we have to deal with these types of situations in our profession but they happen.  When they do, we have proven that we take immediate and swift action and hold those responsible accountable," Sheriff Nielsen said Tuesday afternoon.

Clark is charged with trafficking with an inmate. If convicted, she could spend up to six years behind bars.

(Photo courtesy of the Boone County Sheriff's Office.)

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