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Christopher Washington

An East Baton Rouge sheriff's deputy was arrested Thursday after authorities found he brought drugs into the Parish Prison and distributed them among inmates. 

Authorities heard that Christopher Washington, 27, a guard at the Parish Prison, was coordinating drug deals inside the jail and was scheduled to make a delivery Thursday, according to a news release from the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office.

Washington admitted to investigators that he was bringing synthetic marijuana — commonly referred to as mojo — and tobacco for at least three inmates, said Casey Rayborn Hicks, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Office.

Detectives found mojo, tobacco and methamphetamine inside Washington's car, according to Hicks. He told deputies he was promised $1,000 per transaction, but had only been paid $150 so far.

Washington was fired from his job at the prison, Hicks said. He had worked there for nine months. All Parish Prison employees are also sheriff's deputies.

He was booked on distribution of mojo, distribution of methamphetamine, bringing contraband into a penal institution and malfeasance in office. 

Hicks said the investigation is ongoing and charges against the inmates are pending. 

Compiled from staff reports. To contact a crime reporter at The Advocate, email policereporters@theadvocate.com or call (225) 388-0369.