Former corrections officer arrested for smuggling contraband


A former Louisiana State Penitentiary employee has been booked into the Ascension Parish Jail after her second failed attempt to smuggle contraband into a Louisiana prison.

Officials say 25-year -old April Matthews was taken into custody after she was caught putting the items in a trash can on the premises.

After being approached by officers Mathews fled the scene in her car almost running over the warden and hitting two parked cars. The high speed chase ended on Highway 74 in Ascension.

Authorities recovered the following items:

  • 12 mobile phones
  • marijuana
  • tobacco products
  • controlled substances totaling around $30,000
  • A pair of Air Jordan tennis shoes 

Matthews resigned in 2017 after committing a similar offense.

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