Donaldsonville woman arrested for smuggling weed into Elayn Hunt

Greg Fischer Editor-in-chief
Samantha Suel

A former Department of Corrections corrections officer 29-year-old Samantha Suel confessed to an attempt to smuggle drugs into Elayn Hunt Correctional Center over the weekend, according to the Louisiana Department of Corrections.

Suel, of Donaldsonville, was booked with one count of Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Institution, and one count Malfeasance in Office.

The DOC says she admitted to ditching a package containing four ounces of marijuana and synthetic marijuana inside the prison Saturday when she arrived for work. She'd discovered officers were conducting a surprise shakedown of employees.

During the search an officer discovered the package. Investigators determined it was Suel who attempted to smuggle the contraband after reviewing surveillance video.

When Suel arrived for work on February 20, DOC investigators confronted her, and she confessed. The release states that she had been employed with Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women since May 28, 2016, with a rank of sergeant. Saturday, she was working an overtime detail for Elayn Hunt Correctional Institute. The investigation is still ongoing with inmate arrests expected.