Correctional officer arrested for smuggling contraband into detention center

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Source: NPSO

An investigation conducted by Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Detention Center investigators led to the arrest of a Natchitoches Parish Detection Center Correctional Officer.

During the course of a lengthy investigation, investigators learned of suspected contraband being smuggled into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.

On Dec. 22, NPDC Investigators conducted a search of the facility and employees.

As a result, Melinda Faye County, an NPDC Corrections Officer, was taken into custody after the recovery of approximately 80 grams of suspected synthetic marijuana, Suboxone strips (a CDS schedule II narcotic), a large amount of tobacco and a cell phone. All items were intended to reach offenders within the facility.

Soon after the search was complete, County was charged with three counts of Introducing contraband into a Penal Institution and one count of Malfeasance in Office. She placed in the NPDC to await bond.

On Dec. 24 she was released from NPDC on a $20,000 bond set by a Tenth Judicial District Court Judge pending her court appearance.

This investigation is still ongoing and future arrests are pending at this time.

County had been employed at the detention center for approximately three months.