The evening of June 16, an alert Washington Parish Jail staff intercepted a cache of drugs which a probationer was attempting to smuggle into the jail. Leigh Edward Cutrer, 37, a resident of Spring Valley Road in Bogalusa, was serving a probation sentence which required him to regularly report to the jail to serve a specified number of days as a requirement of his probation.
As soon as Cutrer passed through the security door into the jail, he was searched by members of the jail staff who discovered a quantity of marijuana, hydrocodone pills and tobacco. The contraband was seized and probationer Cutrer was placed in a cell block.
A warrant was prepared for Cutrer and signed by a 22nd Judicial Court Judge the morning of July 19. Cutrer was formally booked on his new charges of felony introduction of contraband, felony possession of Schedule IV drugs and misdemeanor possession of Schedule I drugs. Bond will be set for the new charges later this week, but he will not be eligible for release due to violation of his probation.
Cutrer’s original arrest was April 26, 2016, on a charge of attempted second degree murder. He was released the following day after posting a $125,000 bond. In January 2017, Cutrer began serving a term of probation which required that he spend a specified number of days in the jail. Acting on suspicion that Cutrer was attempting to introduce contraband, the jail staff intercepted him when he reported to jail Friday night and discovered the contraband.
“Our amazing jail staff does not receive the recognition they deserve,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “They are the unsung heroes of the criminal justice system and do an awesome job of managing the jail population. Their job is very demanding and very difficult, but they perform their duties in a very professional manner. I tip my hat to them for a job well done.”