NATCHITOCHES – An investigation conducted by Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Detention Center investigators has led to the arrest of a Natchitoches Parish Detection Center Correctional Officer according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Stuart Wright.

During the course of a lengthy investigation, investigators learned of suspected contraband being smuggled into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.

On the 22nd of December, 2020, NPDC Investigators conducted a search of the facility and employees.

As a result, Melinda Faye County, an NPDC Corrections Officer, was taken into custody after the recovery of approximately 80 grams of suspected synthetic marijuana, Suboxone strips (a CDS schedule II narcotic), a large amount of tobacco and a cell phone. All of these items were intended to reach certain offenders within the facility.

Soon after the search was complete, County was charged with 3 counts of Introducing contraband into a Penal Institution and 1 count of Malfeasance in Office.

She was booked and placed in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center to await bond.

On the 24th of December she was released from NPDC on a $20,000 bond set by a Tenth Judicial District Court Judge pending her court appearance.

This investigation is still ongoing and future arrests are pending at this time.

County had been employed at the detention center for approximately three months.

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