ST. GABRIEL, LA (WAFB) - A correctional officer in training was arrested for allegedly smuggling contraband into the Elayne Hunt Correctional Center.
Officials with the Department of Corrections confirm that 29-year-old Jessica Dedon of Denham Springs was arrested and charged with introduction of contraband into a correctional facility and malfeasance in office. They say she could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
"I am very proud of the men and women who perform their duties day in and day out in a professional manner," said Warden Robert Tanner. "It is disheartening when an employee chooses to place her fellow officers at risk by bringing dangerous contraband into the facility. I am very proud of the officers involved for their attention to duty and decisive action in this matter."
The investigation was launched Sunday, April 17 after staff learned that tobacco and vodka had been smuggled into the prison. Supervisors reviewed surveillance video and allegedly identified Dedon as the individual responsible.
"The contraband was intended for delivery to unknown offenders," officials note in a press release. "Dedon evaded the routine search of correctional officers as they reported for duties by placing her property in her work location prior to the officers' roll call."
They say Dedon was searched and they found tobacco, rolling papers, cell phones, chargers and vodka concealed in her uniform jacket and personal backpack.
The St. Gabriel Police Department arrested Dedon.
Officials with DOC say Dedon has been terminated from her position at the facility.