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DOC arrests employee at LA State Penitentiary on drug charges

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Posted at 6:45 PM, Jan 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-15 19:45:39-05

BATON ROUGE, La. — The Louisiana Department of Corrections announced Friday that an internal investigation has resulted in the arrest of an employee of the Louisiana State Penitentiary.

According to a release from DOC, a Louisiana State Penitentiary Corrections Officer intercepted an attempt to smuggle contraband by a corrections cadet at the prison Friday.

West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Deputies then booked Aaronecia Smith, 22, of 38 East Ave, Highway 24 West, Woodville, Mississippi on numerous drug charges.

The release states that the corrections officer noticed the cadet's suspicious demeanor as she drove a state vehicle into the Main Prison sally port.

The officer immediately searched the vehicle and discovered 25 ecstasy pills, 2.96 ounces of tobacco, 8.04 ounces of methamphetamine/fentanyl, 7 grams of heroin, 3.93 pounds of marijuana, 25 cellphones, one Wi-Fi hotspot, 23 USB cords, 20 charging blocks, 25 packs of cigarette rolling papers, five lighters, two pairs of sweatpants, one pack of hair ties, and one hair bonnet.

West Feliciana Parish Deputies booked Smith with three counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule 1 Drugs, two counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule 2 Drugs, two counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule 4 Drugs, Malfeasance in Office and Introduction of Contraband into a Correctional Facility.

Her bond has been set at $385,000.

Smith had been employed at Louisiana State Penitentiary since Oct. 12, 2020. She held the rank of cadet and resigned during the investigation.

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