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Correctional Officer Charged with Bringing Contraband into Jail

12/5/2013 by Brennan Matherne

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre reported the dismissal and arrest of a Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office correctional officer on Wednesday. La’Quincia Bourgere (B/F, D.O.B. 07/13/89) of Raceland was terminated and arrested on Wednesday after admitting to having delivered contraband items to an inmate at the Lafourche Parish Detention Center where she was employed.

On Wednesday, December 4, detectives were called to the Detention Center in Thibodaux in reference to allegations that a correctional officer had brought contraband items into the jail. Through investigation, detectives learned Bourgere had brought several items, including cell phones, an alcoholic beverage and tobacco, to an inmate who was able to conceal the items inside one of the shower stalls. Detectives recovered the cell phones from the shower, and brought Bourgere in for questioning. During questioning, Bourgere admitted to bringing the items to an inmate with whom she had been friends prior to his incarceration.

Following questioning, Bourgere was placed under arrest for Taking Contraband to a Penal Institution (LA R.S. 14:402), a felony. She was released Wednesday night on a $500 surety bond as had been set by Judge Ashly Bruce Simpson. The charge carries a fine of at least $250, but not more than $2,000, and a maximum of five (5) years in prison, with or without hard labor.

Bourgere was hired on April 15, 2013 and she was terminated upon her arrest. Sheriff Craig Webre said, “I am sorely disappointed in the actions of this former correctional officer. As a nationally accredited agency, we believe in being upfront with the public in matters such as these, and furthermore, we have zero tolerance for officer misconduct. Based on our investigation, we do believe this individual acted alone and that her actions are not reflective of the correctional staff as a whole.”

Detectives say they are continuing their investigation into the incident and additional charges may be pending on any inmates involved in the incident.