DOC investigators thwart drug smuggling attempt

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Louisiana Department of Corrections (DOC) investigators at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola arrested a prison employee in a shakedown Saturday morning for bringing contraband into Angola.

Investigators thwarted the corrections officer's attempt to smuggle drugs and contraband to prisoners. During a routine shakedown of 23-year-old April Matthews, 1900 Blount Road, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, corrections officers at Angola found 24 ecstasy pills, 2.6 ounces of marijuana, 9.08 ounces of synthetic marijuana, eight Xanax pills, 4.9 grams of methamphetamine, four Tylenol 3 pills, 16 cellphones, tobacco, rolling papers, phone chargers, and $511 in cash. The contraband was found inside Matthews' car inside the prison. Corrections officers immediately notified the West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office, and deputies booked Matthews with introduction of contraband into a penal institution, malfeasance in office, one count of possession of schedule four narcotics, and two counts of possession of schedule one narcotics.

After her arrest, Matthews voluntarily resigned from the Department. She had worked at Angola since August, 2, 2016. She was a corrections officer for the prison.

The investigation is still ongoing with inmate arrests expected.

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