KOSCIUSKO — A Silver Lake woman was arrested after she trafficked a cell phone, pills and marijuana to an inmate at the Kosciusko County Jail. The inmate was supposed to deliver the items to her son, who is also incarcerated.
Linda Sue Bryant, 45, 106 N. High St., Silver Lake, is being charged with two counts of trafficking with an inmate, level 5 felonies; dealing a scheduled substance, a level 6 felony; possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor; and possession of marijuana, a class B misdemeanor.
On June 12, a Kosciusko County Court security officer escorted inmate Nicholas Silva to Superior Court 3 for a hearing. The officer observed a female courtroom visitor, later identified as Linda Bryant, throw an object to Silva, who was sitting in the jury box.
The officer went to the jury box and retrieved a plastic bag wrapped in electrical tape from the seat where Silva was sitting. According to the affidavit of probable cause, the bag contained a cell phone, white earbuds, a cell phone charger, two packages of rolling paper, marijuana and 10 pills identified as Alprazolam, a schedule IV controlled substance.
A Kosciusko County Sheriff’s officer spoke with Linda Bryant, who admitted she brought the cell phone, pills and marijuana into the jail for her son Donald Bryant. She advised she gave the drugs and cell phone “to the Mexican” that was being brought to court. Silva was supposed to deliver the items to Donald Bryant.
Officers obtained copies of a phone call made from the Kosciusko County Jail by Donald Bryant on June 11. In the phone call, Linda Bryant states she is getting the stuff around. Donald Bryant tells her that she will be tossing the items to a “young Mexican kid.” Donald Bryant advises that Silva will be sitting in the jury box near her. Linda Bryant is told when to arrive at the Kosciusko County Justice Building.
Linda Bryant was booked into the Kosciusko County Jail on June 12, with a $10,250 surety and cash bond.
Donald Bryant is now facing additional charges consisting of two counts of conspiracy to commit trafficking with an inmate, level 5 felonies, and conspiracy to commit dealing in a schedule IV controlled substance, a level 6 felony.
Nicholas Silva is now facing additional charges consisting of two counts of conspiracy to commit trafficking with an inmate, level 5 felonies; conspiracy to commit dealing in a schedule IV controlled substance, a level 6 felony; possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor; possession of marijuana, a class B misdemeanor.