Louisiana corrections sergeant arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle contraband into Angola


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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — A Louisiana State Penitentiary corrections sergeant is facing charges after allegedly trying to smuggle contraband to inmates at Angola Prison.

Louisiana State Penitentiary’s Shakedown Team allegedly discovered contraband in the vehicle of 20-year-old Malik Harrell of St. Francisville on Friday morning. They reportedly found a large folding knife, 5.7 pounds of tobacco, 107 packs of rolling papers, 17 cellphones, a pair of ear buds, 19 USB cables, 14 cellphone charging blocks, seven pairs of tennis shoes, one razor scraper, a scale, one bead reamer, one long lighter, six PS4 video games, three packs of Kool cigarettes, one bag of Downey scent dryer beads, eight bottles of Visine eye drops, a Pittsburg Pirates flat bib baseball cap and a tan belly girdle. Authorities believe these items were destined for inmates at the prison, according to spokesperson Ken Pastorick.

Harrell is in the West Feliciana Parish Jail and currently faces one count of of introduction of contraband into a penal institution.

Harrell, who has been a corrections officer at the prison since Jan. 21, 2020, confessed to the crime and resigned during questioning, according to Pastorick.


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