NEW ORLEANS — An Orleans Parish Sheriff's deputy has been arrested and fired on suspicion of smuggling contraband to inmates inside the parish prison.
27-year-old Rubin Robertson was arrested Thursday and charged with six counts of introducing contraband into a correctional facility. Robertson had been a deputy with the agency for 10 months.
According to his arrest affidavit, investigators who searched Robertson's vehicle Wednesday found 1 gram of marijuana, 4 dosage units of Hydrocodone, and tobacco "repackaged in a manner which allow concealment into a correctional facility."
During a news conference Thursday, Sheriff Marlin Gusman said smuggling drugs and tobacco into the prison will not be tolerated.
"We have a zero-tolerance policy," Gusman said. "And we want to make sure everyone understands that. When we find it, we're going to take immediate action, and we're going to prosecute it if we can."
The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/1IomMYL) Robertson is the agency's fifth deputy in less than four years who has been charged with sneaking contraband to prison inmates. Other former sheriff's deputies charged include Dwayne Barnes, Bryson Baptiste, Tyrell Sutherland and Evelyn Tureaud. Baptiste is still awaiting trial. Barnes, Sutherland and Tureaud each pleaded guilty and received suspended prison terms and active probation.
Gusman said since September 2014, his office has investigated 17 cases of contraband, some of which did not meet the threshold for criminal prosecution but resulted in administrative sanctions.
Gusman said they believe Robertson was being paid to bring the contraband into the prison.
"But it's a continuing investigation and we're going to see where it takes us...We will investigate every lead that comes out of it and consult with the district attorney," Gusman said. "I'm not ruling out that there could be other charges filed in this."
Robertson also faces six counts of marijuana distribution and one count each of marijuana and hydrocodone possession.
Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com
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