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Corrections officer accused of smuggling contraband

June 28, 2019

GRETNA, La. (AP) — A sting operation has led to the arrest of a corrections officer accused of smuggling contraband into a Louisiana jail.

Nola.com/The Times-Picayune reports 25-year-old Jared Ordonez was arrested Thursday in Gretna. Jefferson Parish detectives say a tip led to the sting.

Investigators say Ordonez thought a person was paying him to give a cellphone to a Jefferson Parish Correctional Center inmate. That person was actually an investigator. Detectives found the phone during a search of Ordonez’s home.

Ordonez is being held without bail on charges including malfeasance, conspiracy and child desertion.

His wife, 24-year-old Shanin Ordonez, was issued summonses for marijuana possession and child desertion.

Officers say the couple’s 4-year-old son was home alone when they searched the house.

It’s unclear whether the couple had an attorney who could comment.

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Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com

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