- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

ST. GABRIEL, La. (AP) - A woman training to be a guard at the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center has been accused of smuggling alcohol, cell phones and tobacco into the prison.

Assistant Warden Stephanie Michel, in a news release Tuesday, said that officers with the St. Gabriel Police Department arrested 29-year-old Jessica Dedon, of Denham Springs, after authorities picked up on suspicious activity captured by video surveillance cameras.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1qXmFyS) the facility received a tip that tobacco and vodka was being smuggled into the facility. When Dedon reported for work Sunday, staff found tobacco, rolling papers, cell phones, charges and a bottle of vodka hidden in her uniform jacket and backpack.

Dedon faces charges of introduction of contraband into a correctional facility and malfeasance in office. Michel says she was also fired.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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