Second cadet at Elayn Hunt arrested, accused of smuggling drugs into prison _lowres

Tierra Lewis

A second cadet at the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center was arrested this week and accused of smuggling drugs into the facility.

This time, a 26-year-old Port Allen woman training to be an officer at the prison admitted that an inmate paid her $200 to bring in synthetic marijuana, Deputy Warden Frederick Boutté said Thursday.

St. Gabriel police arrested the cadet, Tierra Lewis, on Wednesday and booked her on introduction of contraband into a correctional facility and malfeasance in office, Boutté said in a news release.

She was arrested after a security supervisor discovered a package containing a significant amount of synthetic marijuana, also known as “mojo,” in the parking lot of the Hunt Correctional Center early Wednesday, the release states.

Boutté said they believe Lewis had discarded the package Tuesday evening as she was reporting for work.

“Lewis reacted after she observed other officers of her shift being subjected to an unannounced search,” Boutté said.

He said an internal investigation is still ongoing to determine the identity of the inmate who allegedly paid Lewis for the drugs.

The incident marks the second time this week Hunt officials reported the arrest of a cadet accused of smuggling drugs into the facility.

On Tuesday, another female cadet was arrested on allegations she smuggled alcohol, cellphones and tobacco into the prison.