Orleans Parish Deputy Accused Of Smuggling Contraband Into Jail

An Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office deputy was charged on Friday with smuggling contraband to prisoners.

Dwayne Barnes was arrested after an internal investigation found he had been delivering tobacco products and Mojo -- often described as an artificial marijuana -- to inmates at Orleans Parish Prison.

Barnes was charged with 11 counts of introducing contraband into a penal institution and 11 counts of malfeasance in office. He was suspended from duty without pay, pending the conclusion of the OPSO investigation.

Barnes has been employed by the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office for less than two years.

"The sheriff's office maintains a zero-tolerance policy regarding deputies engaging in conduct unbecoming of an officer or other illegal activities," Sheriff Marlin Gusman said in a statement.