DATE: Monday, May 22, 2017
SUBJECT: Confinement Officer Arrested on Dealing and Trafficking Charges
CONTACT: Lt. Noah Robinson
AUTHORITY: Sheriff Dave Wedding

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a confinement officer on charges of Dealing in a Scheduled Substance and Trafficking with an Inmate.

Last week, the Sheriff’s Office developed information that a confinement officer was providing tobacco to work release participants in the Vanderburgh County Community Corrections Complex. Sheriff’s Office detectives initiated an investigation and learned that Officer Trent Nolan had also agreed to meet a participant at an off site location to sell prescription medication. With the cooperation of the participant, detectives set up a controlled buy and instructed the participant to continue with the planned transaction.

On Monday, May 22, 2017 at approximately 6:40 PM Mr. Nolan met with the participant and sold a quantity of the stimulant Ritalin (methylphenidate), which is a Schedule II controlled substance. Shortly after the transaction was completed, sheriff’s deputies conducted a traffic stop on Mr. Nolan’s vehicle and took him into custody.

Mr. Nolan was transported to the Sheriff’s Office Command Post and interviewed. Nolan admitted to selling the participant the medication and was subsequently arrested and booked into the Vanderburgh County Jail. Mr. Nolan’s employment (which began in late January of 2017) was formally terminated at the time of his arrest.


Trent Dean Nolan (pictured above), 24, of Evansville. Dealing in a Scheduled Substance as a Level 4 Felony, Trafficking with an Inmate as a Level 6 Felony.

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