Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies who work the courthouse security detail routinely conduct perimeter searches of the courthouse, especially on days that inmates will be brought from the jail to the courtrooms.
On September 18, Sheriff’s Office Courthouse Deputy Johnny Causey discovered packaged tobacco and marijuana which had been placed outside the courthouse near the inmate entrance. Causey seized the substances and turned them in to the jail’s Director of Security.
Although tobacco is not illegal, it is considered contraband for inmates and is not allowed inside the jail. Marijuana, of course, is an illegal substance. Some inmates value both tobacco and marijuana and each presents potential security problems if they are smuggled into the jail. In this case, some person likely dropped off the substances with a pre-arranged agreement that an inmate would try to retrieve them while going to a court appearance.
Persons who might consider dropping off tobacco, marijuana, pills or any other illegal substances should be aware that cameras and staff will be watching. Any person caught in this act will be arrested and placed in the jail.
Sheriff Randy Seal stated, “This will not be tolerated. If we catch you dropping something off, you will go straight to jail. It doesn’t matter if you are a family member or friend of an inmate. You will go to jail.”