JACKSON, LA (WAFB) - A former prison employee is now behind bars in connection to drugs that were allegedly smuggled into the Dixon Correctional Institute.
According to the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office, Lashonda Lee, 38, was arrested by the Woodville Police Department after an investigation into a corrections officer who was arrested Monday night.
April Lemon, 33, is accusations of illegally smuggled drugs into the prison. Officials say they recovered 91 grams of synthetic marijuana that Lemon allegedly tried to sneak using a container of red beans and rice. The two separate packages of drugs were found during a search of the container.
Investigators with the Department of Corrections (DOC) were able to determine that the drugs were intended for Tyrone Stevens, an inmate at DCI. While reviewing Stevens' communication, DOC investigators revealed that Lee allegedly got the synthetic marijuana and put it in the food to be taken to Stevens.
During the EFPSO's investigation, it was discovered that Lemon was friends with Lee and had "an unprofessional relationship" with another DCI inmate.
Lemon was terminated Monday after having been employed for less than a year, according to DOC spokesperson Pam Laborde. She was charged with count of introduction of contraband into a penal facility and is being held on a $10,000 bond.
Lee was booked into the East Feliciana Parish Prison on charges of principle to introduction of contraband and distribution of a Schedule I narcotic. She is being held on a $60,000 bond.
Stevens, who remains in jail, has been charged with conspiracy to possess 91g of a Schedule I narcotic and principle to introduction of contraband.