Inmates charged in contraband investigation
Five inmates at the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center have been charged with bringing contraband into the jail in connection with a case where inmates uploaded videos and photos to social media websites, St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert said in a news release.
At about 3:30 p.m. Thursday, the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office received information regarding pictures and videos posted online depicting inmates with contraband at the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center in Centerville. A search of the jail was immediately conducted, Hebert said in the news release.
All of the contraband items seen in the pictures and videos were confiscated including cell phones, the news release stated. The offenders in the pictures and videos were identified and charged with possession of contraband in a penal institution), the sheriff stated. Detectives are continuing to pursue information and leads being developed in this case, according to the news release.
Those arrested were identified as Quintal Davis, 34, Morgan City; Jonathan Robinson, 34, of Franklin; Spencer Bourda, 23, of Franklin; Michael Crouch, 28, of Morgan City; and Joseph Lightfoot, 42, of Franklin.
St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Traci Landry said each of the inmates were booked into jail on the following dates and charges.
—Lightfoot was booked in the jail May 12 for kidnapping, resisting a police officer with force, and resisting by flight.
—Crouch was last booked May 23, 2013, for theft, probation violation, and warrants for failure to appear.
—Bourda was booked June 13 for possession of marijuana, resisting an officer by force, battery of a police officer, possession of Schedule I synthetic drugs, misuse of toxic vapors, possession of drug paraphernalia, and parole violation.
—Davis was booked Jan. 30 for driving under suspension and simple burglary.
—Robinson was booked July 14, 2013, for aggravated burglary.
—Landry said each of the inmates arrested were seen in possession of the contraband in the videos and photos.
“All of the contraband was located,” Landry said. “Now, whether or not it was actually on the person who was holding it in the picture, I don’t have those details. And that’s not something we would probably get into.”
Each of the inmates charged in the incident had multiple prior arrests, Landry said.
KLFY 10 first reported a video that goes on for three minutes and 38 seconds with inmates yelling expletives and what appeared to be threats. An inmate is seen in one of the videos apparently talking on a cell phone as he lies partly concealed in a bunk bed. Another inmate was holding up a substance inside a plastic wrap.
A video shown on the KATC website shows five inmates, some in sagging pants and at least one repeatedly grabbing the area of his crotch, singing and dancing while a voice, apparently from the person filming the party-like occasion, hummed a beat and encouraged the group. Toward the conclusion of the video segment KATC posted, an inmate is heard repeating “I am high” a couple times.
Hebert said the jail does not have regulations on how inmates wear their clothes except to say that they must wear them.
Photos posted on the KATC website show inmates holding about three-foot-long sticks with the appearance of a mop handle and some posed in a threatening posture. Two photos show a wrapped shank similar to a screw driver. Another photo shows two inmates posed in aggressive postures with one holding a stick to the head of the other who is holding an object to the neck of the man with the stick.
KLFY reported that one picture of an inmate apparently posing with a cell phone in the jail yard is dated May 8.