The St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office has a announced the arrested of 15 individuals in connection with contraband distribution inside the parish correctional center.
On Monday, following a four week investigation, Sheriff Becket Breaux announced that Deputies with the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested fourteen inmates and one former inmate on racketeering charges.
The Sheriff's Office says the investigation was initiated after contraband was discovered in the St. Martin Parish Correctional Center. During the course of the investigation, Deputies say they uncovered a drug distribution network carried out by both “working inmates” and general population inmates.
Warrants of arrest were obtained and the following currently incarcerated inmates were charged as follows:
Daylon Alexander, 40, Kieon Alexander, 23, Marshall Alexander, 42, Quincy Alexander, 42, Hayven Augillard, 33, Joshua Dardar, 40, Austin Granger, 21, Arlondo Henson, 49, Brenan Jean Batiste, 19, Homer John, 38, Kentrell Ledet, 27, Demarcus Smith, 21, Javonty Williams, 21, Gerald Zenon, 39
Danah Thibodeaux, 29, was released prior to the culmination of the investigation and was arrested this morning following the execution of a warrant on the below charges:
LA. R.S. 13.1352-Racketeering Activity (which encompasses the following four charges):
LA. 40:966(A)-Manufacture; distribution of Schedule I-controlled substances (synthetic marijuana)
LA. 40:969(A)-Manufacture; distribution of Schedule IV dangerous substances (controlled dangerous substances)
LA. 14:230-Money Laundering
LA. 14:402-Certain activities regarding contraband in penal institutions prohibited (Introduction of Contraband)
LA. R.S. 40:1041-Transactions involving proceeds from controlled dangerous substances activity
All of the individuals were booked on the above charges with the exception of Daylon Alexander, who was extradited to a correctional facility in Texas during the course of the investigation. He will be extradited at a later date to the St. Martin Parish Correctional Center where he will be booked in on the above charges.
“Jail should be a place of rehabilitation. This is an opportunity for offenders to take advantage of a drug-free environment and allow themselves to address their chemical dependency issues," Sheriff Breaux said.
The investigation remains ongoing and more arrests are pending.
KATC was live at the press conference held today, see it below:
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