Guard accused of smuggling marijuana into Louisiana prison

Guard accused of smuggling marijuana into Louisiana prison
Guard accused of smuggling marijuana into Louisiana prison Photo credit Getty Images: GeorgesBegues

(AP) — The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections says a state prison master sergeant was arrested after a shift change check found marijuana hidden in a disinfectant wipe container.

A news release Wednesday said that West Feliciana Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested 52-year-old Janice Coney of Zachary on Sunday at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola.

The statement says the charges are bringing contraband into a prison and possessing an illegal drug. Coney had worked at the state’s maximum-security prison since mid-August 2005.

It was not clear whether she has an attorney who could speak for her. The corrections department said in a news release that Coney is on leave while the incident is investigated.