NEW ORLEANS—As the result of an Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office investigation, Joel D. Johnson, 24, was arrested April 20 of charges including possession with intent to distribute marijuana, malfeasance in office and introduction of contraband into a penal institution.
At the time of his arrest, Johnson was a recruit in the OPSO deputy training program. The Sheriff's Office terminated Johnson immediately.
"The Sheriff's Office maintains a zero-tolerance policy regarding deputies engaging in conduct unbecoming of an officer or other illegal activities. We investigate and search out contraband daily, utilizing the technology within our facilities and working with the NOPD and other law enforcement agencies when necessary. In the Intake and Processing Center alone, 77 cameras monitor the activities of inmates and deputies. We do not tolerate attempts by anyone, including sheriff's deputies, to assist in the transfer of illegal drugs and contraband to Orleans Parish inmates," said Sheriff Marlin Gusman.
"This individual was arrested because OPSO deputies were vigilant in their duties and followed standard procedures to stop this illegal activity. The combination of technology, equipment and human capital is necessary to deal with the constant attempts by inmates to find ways to get banned substances and other contraband into jail facilities," Gusman said.