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Acting on information provided by jail personnel from the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, agents from the Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration conducted surveillance in the Sheriff’s Office parking lot the evening of November 8, 2017, to intercept contraband which was intended to be smuggled into the jail. 

Information provided to the drug agents indicated that Shirae Gabrelle Brister, 26, a resident of 1631 Azalea Court in Bogalusa, would attempt to introduce contraband into the jail during visitation hours on November 8.  The contraband was intended for her boyfriend, inmate Michael Miller, 30, a Bogalusa resident who was last arrested on October 5, 2017, for a variety of drug related charges.  The plan to introduce contraband into the jail was discovered by jail personnel 

Agents surveilled Brister as she drove around Franklinton and then entered the Sheriff’s Office parking lot with the contraband items concealed in a fast food restaurant bag as Michael Miller had directed her to do.  She exited with the bag in hand and entered the jail lobby.  She then exited quickly with the bag and placed it back in her car.  Agents approached her vehicle and detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the car.  A subsequent search of Brister’s car revealed the fast food bag which contained both tobacco and marijuana.  Brister was then arrested and booked into the Washington Parish Jail charged with possession of marijuana and attempted introduction of contraband.  She remains in jail with her bond set at $10,000. 

This was not Brister’s first stay in the jail.   On November 2, 2017, she was arrested for possession with intent to distribute Schedule I and Schedule II drugs, possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled dangerous substance with a weapon present.  She was in and out of  jail the same day after posting a $20,000 bond. 

Brister’s boyfriend, Michael Miller, was arrested again inside the jail and charged with attempted introduction of contraband.  This is another charge Miller must face including his current charges of possession of marijuana, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, three counts of failure to appear, three counts of distribution of Schedule I drugs, two counts of distribution of Schedule II drugs and possession with intent to distribute Schedule III drugs.  Miller remains in jail on those charges with his bond set at $860,500. 

This is Miller’s fourth stay in the Washington Parish Jail.  His first arrest in May 2007 was for possession of stolen property, possession of marijuana and resisting an officer.  He spent three days in jail before posting a $12,750 bond for his release.

 Miller’s second arrest was February 2009 when he spent another few days in jail for failure to appear, no seat belt, no driver’s license and resisting an officer.  He posted a $10,850 bond and was released.

 His third arrest was in August 2011 on charges of attempted 2nd degree murder, illegal discharge of a weapon, aggravated criminal damage to property, convicted felon in possession of a firearm, and no seat belt.  He remained in jail approximately six weeks before posting a $100,000 bond for his release. 

Sheriff Randy Seal commented.  “Persons who possess a criminal mindset never stop trying, even while they are in jail.  Miller is a career criminal and it seems that Brister is doing her best to be the same.   Three great groups of people combined their efforts to prevent this contraband from entering the jail.  Our fine jail personnel, our Drug Task Force agents and our partner Drug Enforcement Agency officers did an outstanding job.   Even while our good citizens are enjoying the comforts of home, our officers are on duty and working hard to protect and serve everyone in Washington Parish.”

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