WEST BATON ROUGE PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Investigators said a high-ranking law enforcement officer was arrested Monday night on drug and malfeasance charges.
Authorities reported Maj. Mervin Jerome Fontenot with the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office was arrested on charges of possession with intent to distribute and malfeasance in office.
Fontenot is charged with possession with intent to distribute the following drugs:
-Oxycodone (45 pills)
-Valium (28 pills)
-Codeine (15 pills)
-Crack Cocaine (1 gram)
Officials said Fontenot was already on suspension as of Friday due to an internal investigation for a related matter.
They added he resigned from his position prior to being arrested.
Fontenot had been with WBRSO for 17 years. Prior to that, he worked for the Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office for about 15 years.