Officer at EHCC accused of smuggling synthetic marijuana into prison

Officer at EHCC accused of smuggling synthetic marijuana into prison

ST. GABRIEL, LA (WAFB) - The Elayn Hunt Correctional Center says that an employee was arrested and fired after admitting to smuggling synthetic marijuana into the prison.

According to officials, a security supervisor at the facility found a suspicious package in the parking lot Wednesday. While examining the package, it was found that the package contained a significant amount of synthetic marijuana, also known as "mojo", inside.

Through an investigation, officials learned that 26-year-old Tierra Lewis discarded the package earlier that evening after seeing other officers being searched.

Officials say Lewis later admitted to bringing the drugs for one of the inmates who paid her $200.

Lewis was arrested and charged with introduction of contraband into a correctional facility and malfeasance in office. If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison.

Officials say an internal investigation is underway to find the identity if the inmate who paid Lewis to bring the drugs and to find out if there was anyone else involved.

Warden Robert Tanner acknowledged that this the second incident in the last couple of days.

A correctional officer in training was arrested for allegedly smuggling contraband into the prison on Tuesday.

"Unfortunately, despite our best efforts to train and educate our new cadets of the dangers and consequences of illicit dealings with our offenders, some still seek to make what they might perceive as a quick buck," said Tanner. "I am convinced, however, that the overwhelming majority of our staff is committed to performing their job in a professional and ethical manner. They are to be commended for the fine work they do on a daily basis under extremely difficult conditions."

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