A corrections officer at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola was arrested Saturday after investigators caught her trying to bring drugs, cell phones and other contraband into the prison, state corrections officials reported.
The report says the contraband was found in the car of 23-year-old April Matthews of Baton Rouge during a shakedown being conducted at the state prison.
The report by the Department of Corrections says says Matthews had 23 ecstasy pills, 2.6 ounces of marijuana, 9.08 ounces of synthetic marijuana, eight Xanax pills, 4.9 grams of methamphetamine, four Tylenol 3 pills, 16 cellphones, tobacco, rolling papers, phone chargers and $511 in cash.
She was booked by the West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office on introduction of contraband into a penal institution, malfeasance in office, one count of possession of Schedule 4 narcotics and two counts of possession of Schedule 1 narcotics.
The incident is still under investigation and inmate arrests are expected, according to state corrections officials.
Matthews, of 1900 Blount Road, voluntarily resigned after her arrest and had worked at Angola since Aug. 2, 2016, state corrections officials said.