Two Angola employees arrested in prison shakedown

BATON ROUGE, La. – (La. Dept. of Corrections) - Monday, Louisiana Department of Corrections investigators at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola arrested two employees in separate shakedowns for bringing contraband into the prison.

In the first arrest, officers thwarted a prison employee's attempt to smuggle drugs and contraband to prisoners. During a shakedown of 43-year-old Charmaine Scott, Baker, Louisiana, corrections officers at Angola found 7.2 grams of heroin, tobacco, cigarette lighters, and a cellphone. Corrections officers immediately notified the West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office, and deputies booked Scott with possession with intent to distribute heroin, and introduction of contraband.

After her arrest, Scott voluntarily resigned from the Department. She had worked at Angola since April 27, 2015. She was a training development specialist for the prison.

During the second shakedown, DOC investigators found a loaded 9 millimeter pistol and 10 bullets on prison grounds inside the vehicle of 31-year-old Corrections Sergeant Jeremy Lyles, 38, Natchez. Corrections investigators notified sheriff's detectives, and investigators booked Lyles into the West Feliciana Parish Jail on introduction of contraband charges. It is illegal to bring a firearm or ammunition onto prison property. Corrections' policy requires officers and employees to check their weapons and ammunition at the front gate.

Pursuant to Louisiana Civil Service rule 12.10, Lyles has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation. He has been employed at Angola as a corrections officer since August 24, 2012.