SLIDELL, La. (WGNO) — The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested one of their own Tuesday, after a deputy allegedly brought drugs into the correctional facility.

Investigators say multiple sources alerted them to the actions of 21-year-old Jason Allen Jr.

Allen, who was hired at the Sheriff’s office in February, is accused of selling illegal narcotics to inmates. Detectives found marijuana, suboxone, cocaine, a firearm and drug paraphernalia inside Allen’s vehicle.

He was arrested and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Correctional Center the same day on:

  • Two counts of Intent to Distribute Schedule I
  • One count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule II
  • One count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule III
  • One count of Drug Traffic Proceeds
  • One count of Possession of Firearm During Commission of a Felony
  • One count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • One count of Malfeasance in Office
  • One count of Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Facility

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Sheriff Randy Smith released a statement about the arrest:

“This individual abused his position as an employee in the correction center and used that position as a means to bring contraband into the facility. We will not tolerate illegal drugs being brought into our facility, and if you are caught doing so, regardless of who you are, you will be arrested.”