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Three arrested for contraband, one still wanted

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© Jessica Jackson - WANTED © Jessica Jackson - WANTED
© James Lebouef © James Lebouef
© Dionntae Morales © Dionntae Morales
© Sonya Reed © Sonya Reed
© Evidence said to be collected from the countraband © Evidence said to be collected from the countraband

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) –  Deputies give whole new meaning to reality television, when they hide cameras in a detention center in order to catch drug smugglers.

According to Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office, they have arrested Sonja Reed, 45, of Pineville, James Lebouef  Sr., 32 of Alexandria, and Dionntae Morales, 22, of Ferriday for an attempt to smuggle contraband into Rapides Parish Detention Center in Alexandria.

Deputies are still looking for Jessica Jackson, 24 of Ferriday. She is said to have assisted Reed, Morales, and Lebouef  with the alleged crime.

On August 3, deputies said they developed information about an attempt to smuggle contraband into jail.  In conjunction with the Correction Security Section, they set up a surveillance system at the meeting place. Approximately 15 bags of tobacco, two bags of suspected marijuana, five packs of synthetic marijuana, rolling papers and cell phones were said to be delivered to a third party.

The suspect, Reed was followed by deputies and captured on video giving the package to a maintenance trustee. The trustee, Lebouef and Reed were taken into custody. 

All the contraband was said to be recovered.

However, the story doesn't end there. The contraband originated with two other suspects.  Morales was arrested August 6, in Ferriday by U.S. Marshals on warrants for one count of introduction of contraband into a jail and two counts of conspiracy to introduce CDS into a correctional facility.

Jackson is wanted for one count of introduction of contraband into a jail and two counts of conspiracy to introduce CDS into a correctional facility.

Reed is being held in the Rapides Parish Detention Center.  Her bond is set at $110,000 She is being charged with one count of introduction of contraband into a jail, two counts of contraband into a jail.

Lebouef  is being held at the Rapides  Detention Center.   He is being charged with one count of introduction of contraband into a jail and two counts of possession with intent to distribute DCS I.

RPSO insists they are doing everything they can to put a stop to these countrabands in jail.

 "We are working diligently to keep contraband of any kind out of our jails.  Preventing these attempts to smuggle items into our jails is a priority" said Sheriff William Earl Hilton.

The investigation is ongoing.

 

 

 

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