EPSO charges one with smuggling illegal narcotics into parish jail


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The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office has charged a Ville Platte man in connection with smuggling narcotics into the parish jail.

Captain Keith Dupre, chief of detectives, said he received a phone call regarding narcotics being brought into the parish jail. He learned someone was going to attempt to smuggle narcotics into the jail in a container.

“I contacted the warden and gave him the information,” Dupre said. He complimented the warden and Deputy Wayne Forman for their assistance in this investigation. He said the package was dropped off and checked. They discovered a bag of marijuana in a container in the package.

The person who dropped the package at the jail was contacted. Dupre said the 18-year-old female had no knowledge of the marijuana. He said they learned someone else had put the package together.

“I learned they had used the young lady to bring the package to the jail.”

Sheriff Eddie Soileau said people should be aware of packages they are asked to drop off at the jail. If they did not purchase the items or put the package together, they should not bring these items to the jail. “Please refuse to bring these packages,” he said.

Dupre added these unsuspecting people are asked to bring items into the jail that are considered contraband, thinking the items will not be checked. He said it is important not to bring these items into the jail because one could be charged.

In this case, Johnathon Gallow, 22, 102 W. Pine St., Ville Platte, who is incarcerated on another matter, was charged with introducing contraband into a penal institution (jail facility). His bond was set at $20,000 and a hold was placed on him because of his other charges.

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