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Update: Illegal videos surface from St. Mary jail

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Five inmates have been charged after a search of the jail was immediately conducted. All of the contraband items seen in the pictures and video were confiscated including cell phones.

The offenders in the pictures and video were identified and are charged with contraband in penal institutions.

Among the offenders are, Quintal Davis, Jonathan Robinson,Spencer Bourda, Michael Crouch and Joseph Lightfoot.

Detectives are continuing to investigate the incident and officials say they will be interviewing both inmates and correctional officers to find out exactly how the contraband got inside the jail.



On Friday, we gave you an inside look at contraband allegedly recorded on cellphones, which are illegal, including an inmate holding up a mystery substance in plastic wrap.

"It's a possibility it could be tobacco or marijuana or something like that. What we are going to do is send it to the crime lab," said Sheriff Mark Hebert.

Sheriff Hebert, said on Monday, all contraband seen in the videos and images has been confiscated.

"A broom stick handle that was broke in half, a small piece of wire that looks like it came from a partial fence piece or a fence, and the cellphones that were used," said Hebert.

Nearly seven minutes of video and over a dozen pictures—inmates in bunks and even in the jail yard—without a correctional officer in sight in any of the footage.

"Different things occur in a facility that can distract deputies that are legitimate and sometimes they are not legitimate," said Hebert.

In the past, Hebert said, they have dealt with correctional officers bringing contraband into their Centerville facility, but that doesn't mean that was the case this time.

 "There's not only staff that go outside the facility, we have work release programs, we have working inmates that leave the facility and come back in," said Hebert.

Hebert said not just the inmates depicted in the videos and images, but all correctional officers and all inmates in the dorm will be interviewed.

Sheriff Hebert said he's hoping to finish interviews in the case by tomorrow. No word on when the lab results will come back for the mystery substance seen in the plastic wrap.


Illegal videos and pictures, exclusively obtained by News 10, surfaced from inside the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center on Thursday.

In one of the videos it appears one inmate is talking on a cellphone inside a bunk; hiding behind a towel. Another inmate was holding up an unidentifiable substance inside plastic wrap.

The video goes on for three minutes and 38 seconds; inmates yelling expletives and what appear to be threats. In a separate video, inmates are dancing and singing and then there are images of inmates posing with seemingly sharp wooden sticks. In one picture, dated May 8th, it appears an inmate is posing with a cell phone in the jail yard.

All of these infractions documented without a correctional officer in sight—in any of the photographed sections of the Centerville facility.

We reached out to the Parish Sheriff's Office, who say: "Everything pictured in the video and pictures has been confiscated. We have identified the offenders involved. At this point there are pending disciplinary actions and criminal charges.”

A spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Office says they know how the contraband entered the jail. She says they don't know when the video was shot and, as of Friday, weren't able to identify the substance in the plastic wrap.

As far as disciplinary actions for any correctional officers, the Sheriff's Office says that's a personnel matter and won't be made public.

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