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Morgan City officer arrested, fired

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Morgan City Police have arrested one of their own, a spokesman said. 

April Hudson was terminated following an investigation that led to her arrest. She was booked with malfeasance in office, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

The investigation began on January 7, when police were called to a disturbance on Headland Street. They arrested two people: Gage Ford and Galen Ford, both of Morgan City. 

Investigators with the Morgan City Police Department continued their investigation, conducting a search warrant at a Short Street residence which resulted in the recovery of evidence indicating the use and possession of Marijuana, a controlled dangerous substance.  Evidence was also discovered which indicated that Gage Ford, a convicted felon, possessed a firearm during the January 7 disturbance which was allegedly discarded, resulting in additional charges being filed, the spokesman said. 

According to the spokesman, detectives also discovered evidence which indicated that Hudson, who was employed as an officer with the Morgan City Police Department, had knowledge of the illegal activity taking place at that residence and that she failed in her duties as a public servant and a police officer to report that illegal activity as required by law and the Morgan City Police Department.  

Based on that evidence, Hudson was terminated from her employment at the Morgan City Police Department, the spokesman said.

Hudson was booked at the Morgan City Police Department and released on bond.  The case is being turned over to the 16th Judicial District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.  The investigation is continuing and additional charges may be filed if warranted, the spokesman sad. 

“While it is unfortunate that this incident led us to investigate and affect an arrest of a member of our department, it is also an example of how serious this department takes the responsibility that the public we serve has entrusted us with," said Chief James Blair.  "We will make every effort to maintain the trust and the confidence of the public we serve by providing internal oversight.  It is our duty as law enforcement officers.  It is discouraging that an officer within the first 18 months of their career chose to make personal choices which conflicted with the duties as a Morgan City Police Officer. However, this profession requires us to make a decision to live with integrity and professionalism.”

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