Inmate charged for introducing cell phones, other contraband into jail

Inmate charged for introducing cell phones, other contraband into jail

POSTED: Friday, May 4, 2012 - 2:00am

UPDATED: Friday, May 4, 2012 - 2:04am

The Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office (OPSO) has charged inmate Louis Monroe, for various counts of possession of illegal narcotics and the introduction of contraband into a penal institution.

According to the Special Operations Division of the OPSO, Monroe, an inmate awaiting trial on charges including attempted second degree murder, domestic abuse battery and possession of a firearm or weapon by a felon, was charged Saturday, April 28, after returning from a medical examination at University Hospital with five cell phones, two cell phone chargers and four individually packaged prescription pills, which were later identified by OPSO as narcotics. The cell phones, cell phone chargers and prescription pills were seized immediately.

“Inmates attempting to circumvent security to smuggle contraband into the jail is a daily issue across the United States. This was a brazen attempt by an inmate to introduce illegal items into our facilities. We identified Monroe’s scheme early and reacted at the right time to catch him in the act,” said Sheriff Marlin Gusman. “The Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office is aggressive in searching out contraband. We utilize a variety of monitoring and surveillance techniques to identify inmates and other individuals looking to break the law. When contraband is found or attempts are made, we will make arrests and see these cases through to prosecution,” said Sheriff Gusman.

Monroe allegedly conspired with fellow inmates to identify the items and then communicated the list to a civilian, who ensured a package containing the items was at University Hospital.

The Special Operations Division continues to investigate, and additional inmates and civilians are expected to receive similar charges. As with every criminal case, the OPSO is consultation with the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office.

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