Sending drug dealers to prison doesn’t necessarily stop the flow of drugs into the hands of our children.

A federal indictment charges that 40 people were part of a Indiana prison smuggling ring ran by two inmates, housed at two different prisons.

The indictment alleges that the inmates ran a drug ring that distributed methamphetamine and heroin thanks to cellphones smuggled in by guards.

These inmates were apparently conference calling each other to figure out who they could pool their financial resources to score discounts on heroin.

17 of the accused appeared in court yesterday.

The indictment details a series of alleged phone calls the two men placed to people outside the prisons, including to oversee the purchase of ‘‘large amounts’’ of heroin from a source in Chicago. They also instructed people how and where the drugs should be sold, prosecutors allege.

‘‘Once acquired, the heroin was brought from Illinois to Indiana by the use of couriers where it was, in turn, distributed on the streets to various places’’ in central and southern Indiana, the indictment states.

Meth was acquired from sources in California, while other drugs, including PCP, were also involved, according to the indictment.

In at least one call in May 2012, one of he men stayed on the phone with a woman ‘‘throughout the duration’’ of a drug deal as she sold about 20 grams of heroin at an Indiana truck stop  for $2,500.

The Indiana Department of Corrections issued a statement saying it has been cooperating with the FBI since the investigation began.

With the midwest having such a problem with heroin along the so-called “heroin highway”, it’s good to see that the FBI is cracking down on drug distribution there.

It is disturbing though to see that guards may be helping these drug dealers continue to work their action from behind bars.

Why should parents care?

This isn’t a case of junkies working from behind bar to sell to other junkies.

This is a criminal masterminded operation that keeps a free flowing drug supply on the streets, which ultimately fall into the hands of minors and young adults.