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Prison employee arrested after trying to smuggle drugs into Elayn Hunt, Department of Corrections says

A Department of Corrections sergeant was arrested Tuesday after investigators reviewed surveillance footage of her trying to smuggle drugs into the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center, agency spokesman Ken Pastorick said.

Pastorick said that after a surprise shakedown of employees at the prison Saturday, an corrections officer discovered a package of approximately four ounces of marijuana and synthetic marijuana in the area. It appeared that the marijuana had been wrapped in silver tape, based on a photo released by Pastorick.

After investigators reviewed video footage of the area, they saw 29-year-old Samantha Suel toss the drugs when she arrived at the prison and saw that officers were searching employees, Pastorick said. Suel was confronted when she arrived for work on Tuesday and confessed, Pastorick said.

Suel, of Donaldsonville, had been a sergeant at the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women since May 2016. On Saturday she was working an overtime detail at Elayn Hunt.

Suel was arrested on one count each of introduction of contraband into a penal institution and malfeasance in office. Pastorick said the investigation is ongoing and they expect arrests of inmates.

April 13, 2018 8:00 am