Mississippi woman working as La. prison guard charged with smuggling contraband

Published 8:57 pm Saturday, November 2, 2019

Authorities say they found drugs, cellphones and other contraband inside the vehicle of a corrections cadet at the Louisiana State Penitentiary.

In a news release, the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections said 49-year-old Diodelda Anderson of Natchez, Mississippi, was arrested Thursday when investigators intercepted an attempt to smuggle contraband at the prison.

Authorities say a search of Anderson’s vehicle yielded marijuana, synthetic cannabinoid, three cellphones, two cellphone batteries, tobacco, rolling papers and cigarette lighters,

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Officials say Anderson began working at the prison in Angola in May and resigned during the investigation.

Anderson is charged with introduction of contraband into a penal institution and malfeasance in office.

It is unclear whether she has an attorney who could comment on the charges.