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Two Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Corrections Deputies Arrested

Aug 16, 2019 11:46AM ● By News Desk
Two Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Corrections Deputies are facing charges following their arrests on August 15, 2019.

Dennis Brasseaux, 57, and John Gradnigo, 46, were booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center (LPCC) on charges stemming from a recent investigation into the introduction of illegal narcotics and other contraband into LPCC.

Gradnigo is charged with Malfeasance in Office (La.R.S. 14:134), Contraband defined; certain activities regarding contraband in penal institutions prohibited; penalty (La.R.S. 14:402), Conspiracy to commit: Contraband defined; certain activities regarding contraband in penal institutions prohibited; penalty ( La.R.S. 14:26/14:402 ), Possession with intent to distribute a Schedule I controlled dangerous substance (La.R.S. 40:966) and Possession with intent to distribute a Schedule II controlled dangerous substance (La.R.S. 40:967).

Brasseaux is charged with Malfeasance in Office (La.R.S. 14:134) and Contraband defined; certain activities regarding contraband in penal institutions prohibited; penalty (La.R.S. 14:402).
“The safety and well-being of our staff and the offenders housed in our correctional facilities is vital. We will not tolerate anything that jeopardizes that security,” said Sheriff Mark Garber.
Both Gradnigo and Brasseaux have been placed on unpaid administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation.

This investigation is still ongoing; Additional charges and arrests are expected.
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