LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) — A Lafayette Parish Correctional Center deputy has been arrested and charged with bringing drugs into the jail, authorities said.

Detectives with the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Intelligence Unit arrested Donald Gilbert Jr., 40, of Lafayette.

Gilbert has been charged with three counts of Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Facility, one count of Distribution/Possession with the Intent to Distribute Schedule III CDS (Suboxone) and three counts of Criminal Conspiracy.

Gilbert is a relatively new LPSO employee.  He’s been with the department for about seven to eight months.

LPSO Public Affairs Director Captain John Mowell said Gilbert’s arrest stems from the Sheriff’s Office Corrections Staff Criminal Unit who came upon some information.

Lafayette Parish Sheriff Mark Garber said the safety and security of the employees and offenders
housed in the jail is a top priority.

“This type of behavior undermines those efforts and will not be tolerated,” Garber said. “We will continue to hold our deputies accountable to the highest standards.”

Donald Gilbert Jr.

Gilbert is being placed on unpaid administrative leave pending the outcome of an Internal Affairs investigation, authorities said.