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Jun 13, 2010 4:17 PM by Chris Welty

Deputy Booked With More Than 500 Charges

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An Assumption Parish sheriff's deputy
was booked Saturday on hundreds of counts of evidence tampering,
weapons violations and drug offenses.
State Police said Louis Lambert, 47, was arrested Friday
afternoon. He was booked at the Assumption Parish Jail.
The arrest capped a three-month investigation into evidence in
narcotics cases, investigators said.
Lambert was booked with 538 counts of malfeasance in office for
allegedly tampering with evidence, 17 counts of illegally carrying
a weapon with narcotics and one count of possession with intent to
distribute a Schedule I narcotic, according to trooper Bryan
Zeringue, spokesman for State Police Troop C.
He also was arrested on an outstanding warrant in Lafourche
Parish for obtaining a controlled dangerous substance by fraud,
Zeringue said.
Zeringue said troopers opened an investigation in April at the
request of District Attorney Ricky Babin and Assumption Parish
Sheriff Mike Waguespack.
"The request was made due to numerous irregularities that were
discovered in the evidence that was being submitted to the
Louisiana State Police Crime Lab by Lambert," Zeringue said.
State police found 102 sheriff's office evidence envelopes at
Lambert's home on April 8, Zeringue said. The envelopes contained
evidence seized primarily from narcotics investigations, he said.
"Many of the evidence envelopes had been tampered with and the
contents altered, replaced or removed," Zeringue said.
Troopers also found narcotics and weapons at Lambert's home, he
said.
Waguespack said Lambert was fired when state police issued an
arrest warrant. He'd served as a deputy for 17 years, Waguespack
said.

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