BATON ROUGE, La.( LA State Corrections) – Louisiana State Penitentiary investigators continued their aggressive crackdown on drugs and contraband. A shakedown during Thursday’s 5:00 a.m. shift change at the prison resulted in the discovery of various drugs inside an employee’s vehicle, and the arrest of a corrections officer.
West Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Deputies booked Crystal Jenkins, 40, of Woodville, Mississippi, with three counts of distribution of schedule 1 narcotics (ecstasy, synthetic marijuana, marijuana), one count of distribution of schedule 2 narcotics (heroin), possession with intent to distribute schedule 2 (methamphetamine), and one count of introduction of contraband into a penal institution.
During Thursday’s shakedown, investigators found 14 grams of heroin, one ounce of heroin powder, 11.8 ounces of marijuana, 3.4 ounces of synthetic marijuana, four ounces of methamphetamine, and a digital scale inside Jenkins’ vehicle. The drugs and the scale were packaged inside a coffee bag and gift wrapped.
Jenkins had been employed at Louisiana State Penitentiary since August 13, 2018. During questioning, she admitted to the crimes to DOC investigators, and resigned.
Because this is an ongoing investigation, no additional details will be released at this time.