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Deputies make second arrest in contraband investigation

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Joseph Gary (Source: St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office) Joseph Gary (Source: St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office)
Derek Martin Derek Martin
PATTERSON, LA (WAFB) -

Authorities said another person has been arrested in connection with an attempt to smuggle illegal items into a parish jail.

The St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office said Joseph Gary, 27, of Patterson was arrested around 7:15 p.m. Thursday. He was recently released from the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center after serving time on drug charges.

He was charged on a warrant for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a legend drug (Desyrel) with intent to distribute and introduction of contraband into a penal institution.

He was booked into the parish jail and then taken to another facility for housing.

Derek Martin of Lafayette, a deputy with the St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office, was arrested Wednesday night. He is suspected of getting contraband into the jail in Centerville.

Investigators said they intercepted a package on April 12, which led them to Martin.

He faces the following charges:

Malfeasance in office

Principle to possession of marijuana with intent to distribute

Principle to possession of a legend drug with intent to distribute

Entering contraband into a penal institution

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