FRANKLIN — St. Mary Parish authorities arrested a Franklin man Sunday who is accused of smuggling marijuana to an inmate by dropping the weed off in a parish courtroom so the inmate could pocket it later.
Dennis Delasbour, 41, 1905 Pine St., Franklin, was arrested on Monday after a weeks-long investigation and booked on counts of distributing marijuana and other contraband into a penal institution, officials said.
Detectives arrested Delasbour after the July 3 discovery of marijuana in the possession ofinmate Ivory Fine, who was arrested while in jail, said Traci Landry, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office.
After a multiweek investigation that involved interviews and viewing video surveillance of one of the courtrooms, “Detectives determined that Delasbour dropped a package containing marijuana and tobacco,” Landry said in a news release.
A judge had not yet set a bond amount for Delasbour as of Tuesday, according to the release.
Landry said an investigation continues.