A former employee of Dixon Correctional Institute in Jackson was arrested Thursday after an investigation found she helped a correctional officer bring 91 grams of synthetic marijuana into the prison Monday, authorities said.
Lashonda Lee, 38, obtained the synthetic marijuana and hid it in a container of red beans and rice that April Lemon, a Dixon correctional officer at the time, brought to work to deliver to Tyrone Stevens, an inmate, said East Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman Detective Kevin Garig.
Department of Public Safety and Corrections investigators searched the red beans and rice container, found two packages of the fake marijuana and arrested Lemon, Garig said.
An investigation of phone calls and emails sent to and from Stevens revealed he had been in contact with Lee, a former Dixon employee who was responsible for getting the synthetic marijuana and putting it in the red beans and rice for Lemon to bring to the prison, Garig said.
A warrant was issued for Lee, of Woodville, Mississippi, and she was arrested Thursday and booked in East Feliciana Parish Prison on counts of principal to introduction of contraband and distribution of a Schedule I narcotic.
Lee is being held in lieu of $60,000 bail, Garig said.
Stevens was booked with conspiracy to possess 91 grams of a Schedule I narcotic and principal to introduction of contraband.
Lemon, 33, of McComb, Mississippi, was booked Monday on a count of introduction of contraband into a penal facility, a felony, Garig said. She was released the next day on $10,000 bond.