DENHAM SPRINGS – A joint effort of the Denham Springs Police Department and the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office led to the arrest Thursday of two Detention Center trustees on theft, drug and weapon charges.

Inmates James Hood, 27, of 28224 Frank Ballard Road, Holden, and William Scott, 32, of 14722 Forest Grove, Baton Rouge, were charged on one count each theft, introduction of contraband into a penal institution, illegal carrying of weapons and tampering with evidence, according to Denham Springs Police Chief Shannon Womack.

The two men were assigned to the Denham Springs Police Department to assist with post-flood repairs to the building.

The trustees gained entrance to a flood-damaged area used to store retrieved property.

They allegedly gained possession of prescription medication from inside an unclaimed purse stored since 2006. Womack said they also took an apparent counterfeit bill

A search of the inmates also led to the recovery of a spoon, a screwdriver, razor blades and medication packaged for smuggling.  

“We are pleased to have recovered this contraband before it made its way to prison,” Womack said.

The investigation continues, he said.

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