St. Mary Parish deputy arrested, fired; accused of having role in jail contraband (updated with 2nd arrest)
A St. Mary Parish sheriff’s deputy has been arrested and fired for his involvement in bringing contraband into the Centerville parish jail, Sheriff Mark Hebert said in a news release.
A Patterson man also was arrested in connection with the incident.
Derek Martin, the deputy, of Row Three in Lafayette was arrested Wednesday night on charges of malfeasance in office, principle to possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, principle to possession of a legend drug (Desyrel, an antidepressant) with intent to distribute and entering contraband into a penal institution, Hebert said in a news release.
Joseph Gary, 27, of Henry Street in Patterson was arrested at 7:13 p.m. Thursday, Hebert said. Gary was charged on a warrant for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a legend drug (Desyrel) with intent to distribute and introduction of contraband into a penal institution, Hebert said.
On April 12, detectives of the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division intercepted a package to be delivered to the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center in Centerville.
During their investigation, detectives learned that Martin was involved and that Gary was “the other end” of that process to introduce drugs into the jail, said Traci Landry, sheriff’s office spokeswoman.
Gary recently had been released from the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center after serving time on drug charges, Hebert said.
He was booked back into the parish jail and then was transported to another agency for housing.
Martin was arrested at 9:17 p.m. Wednesday, at the sheriff’s department substation in Morgan City, according to the sheriff. He was booked into the parish jail before being transported to another agency for housing.