POSTED: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 4:45pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 4:49pm
LIVINGSTON PARISH, LA — A trustee at the Livingston Parish Detention Center is accused of trying to smuggle illegal synthetic drugs into the prison. Two additional suspects were arrested for trying to facilitate the transfer.
The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that the incident occurred on Sunday, Aug. 12, at approximately 9:00 a.m. Officials say a Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Deputy noticed a Trustee in an unauthorized area outside the Livingston Parish Detention Center. Trustees are made aware of this particular “restricted area” before their Trustee Status is approved.
Trustee John Palmer was immediately removed as a Trustee following the incident.
Deputies then spotted a black male on the outside of the Detention Center fence--in the same area where the Trustee was spotted. The man immediately fled into the woods.
Deputies then attempted to locate the man. They made their way to the other side of the wooded area on Charlie Watts Road. There, they locate a woman and her truck. The woman, identified as Connie Michelli, told deputies she drove the male to the Detention Center to make a delivery.
While at this location, the man exits the woods carrying a plastic bag filled with 16-packs of Synthetic Marijuana, 2 gallon-size bags containing tobacco, rolling papers and a lighter.
At 9:45 a.m., the man, identified as Milton Brown, confessed that he was paid to deliver the package.
John L. Palmer, 30, of Denham Springs is charged with Attempt to Enter Contraband into a Penal Institution, Attempted Possession With Intent To Distribute Schedule 1 (Synthetic Marijuana) *Palmer was already serving time for Possession of Schedule 3, Possession of Schedule 2, and Suspended License and Driving Left of Center.
Milton L. Brown, 52, of Denham Springs, is charged with Entering Contraband into a Penal Institution and Possession with the intent to distribute Synthetic Marijuana
Connie Michelli, 44, of Denham Springs, is charged with Entering Contraband into a Penal Institution.