A former Sheriff’s Office deputy booked Saturday with malfeasance in office admitted smuggling contraband into Orleans Parish Prison more than a dozen times during her brief stint as a jailer, according to court documents.
The deputy, Evelyn Tureaud, told authorities that she sneaked packages of contraband into the jail for various inmates, including one she had fallen in love with, according to an arrest warrant that reveals new details about the case.
Tureaud, 22, of Kenner, admitted taking at least five bribes totaling $950 in exchange for the contraband, the warrant says, though it’s unclear who paid her the money.
Tureaud, who worked at the jail’s Conchetta facility on Tulane Avenue, had been with the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office only six months when she resigned Oct. 1 amid an internal investigation. She was taken into custody Saturday in Jefferson Parish and booked on 14 counts of introducing contraband into a penal institution and one count of malfeasance in office.
She remained jailed Monday in lieu of $34,000 bail.
Even after she confessed, the warrant says, Tureaud wasn’t immediately arrested “due to the ongoing investigation.” Sheriff’s Office officials did not book their former colleague until the District Attorney’s Office determined there was enough evidence to bring charges.
The warrant did not specify which items Tureaud is accused of taking into the jail. But it did reveal that the investigation began in late September after deputies received a tip that an inmate had gotten his hands on a cellphone and two shanks, or homemade knives.
Investigators conducted a shakedown and turned up two cellphones and three shanks, the warrant says.
“Through the course of the investigation, the agents learned Deputy Evelyn Tureaud was being contacted by several inmates who were housed on the tier where the illegal contraband was found,” the warrant says.
By monitoring inmates’ calls from the jail, investigators learned Tureaud had been using her personal cellphone, sometimes while on duty, to talk to Darnell Schneckenburg, an inmate being held on drug and traffic charges. In an interview with investigators, Tureaud said she had brought Schneckenburg contraband “because she was in love with the inmate.”
Schneckenburg, 26, was rebooked last week on a count of possessing contraband, jail records show.
Tureaud also had been in communication with inmate Felix Thomas “relative to receiving money from him through his friends,” the warrant says. Thomas, 26, also was rebooked on a count of contraband possession last week.
Sheriff Marlin Gusman, in a statement released over the weekend, said Tureaud’s arrest highlighted his office’s “zero-tolerance policy” regarding contraband. “The Sheriff’s Office will pursue all leads related to contraband,” Gusman said, “regardless of where our investigation takes us.”
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