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Correctional officer arrested and fired, inmate charged in contraband investigation

O'Sharra Silas, Joseph James (Source: St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office) O'Sharra Silas, Joseph James (Source: St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office)
ST. MARY PARISH, LA (WAFB) -

A St. Mary Parish Jail correctional officer has been fired and arrested and an inmate has been charged after they are accused of bringing contraband into the jail.

O’Sharra Silas, 20, 401 Ira Street, Jeanerette, LA was arrested on February 25, 2016 at 6:21 pm for malfeasance in office and conspiracy to introduce contraband into a penal facility.

Joseph B. James, 34, Franklin, LA was additionally charged with conspiracy to introduce contraband into a penal facility on February 25, 2016 at 7:35 pm.

The St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center Security Team developed information that a correctional officer was attempting to bring contraband into the facility.

A detective with the Criminal Investigation Division found evidence that Silas, a correctional officer at the law enforcement center, conspired with inmate James to bring a package containing contraband into the jail.

Officials say Silas came to the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office in Franklin in reference to the investigation and was then taken into custody.

Silas was employed at the law enforcement center in September of 2015 and has been terminated. Silas was transported to the parish jail for booking and transported to another facility for housing. No bail is set.   

Reiterating zero tolerance for criminal conduct, Sheriff Mark Hebert says, "Anyone found to be involved in bringing contraband into the jail, regardless of their station, will be charged accordingly."

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