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52-year-old among group accused in plan to deliver drugs to jail

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Posted: Aug 13, 2012 7:19 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Aug 13, 2012 7:19 PM
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LIVINGSTON- Three people face charges, accused in a drug smuggling operation at the Livingston Parish Detention Center.

According to deputies, inmate John Palmer and another person were was seen in an unauthorized area outside the detention center. When they were noticed, the man ran into nearby woods. Palmer was disciplined.

"Deputies then attempted to locate the man," said a spokesperson for the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office.

After walking through the woods, they found Connie Michelli sitting in a truck on Charlie Watts Road.

"[Michelli]... told deputies she drove the [man] to the Detention Center to make a delivery," the spokesperson said in a news release Monday night.

As deputies were talking with the woman, Milton Brown exited the woods with a bag of fake marijuana, two bags of tobacco, rolling papers, and a lighter.

"Brown confessed that he was paid to deliver the package," the spokesperson said.

All were arrested, and Palmer was stripped of his designation as a trusty.

Palmer, 30, was charged with attempt to enter contraband into a penal institution and attempted possession with intent to distribute schedule 1. He was already serving time for drugs and driving illegally.

Brown, 52, faces charges of entering contraband into a penal institution and possession with intent to distribute synthetic marijuana.

Connie Michelli, 44, faces a lone charge of entering contraband into a penal institution.

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