Former deputy indicted for tampering with cases
ASSUMPTION PAR. - Former Assumption Parish Deputy Lt. Louis Lambert faces 337 counts of tampering with evidence, and 100 drug and weapons charges.
Lambert turned himself in to investigators Thursday morning, when a judge set his bond at $5 million.
According to the indictment, Lambert is also charged with 24 counts of possession of cocaine, 35 marijuana, 13 legend drugs, 1 hydrocodone, and 1 amphetamine, along with assorted weapons charges. Investigators believe all the drugs and weapons came from a vault inside the sheriff's office, just feet away from Lambert's desk.
Because he was in charge of the evidence, District Attorney Ricky Babin said access was easy.
Babin also said prosecuting cases with tainted evidence will be difficult.
Normally, 95-97% of cases are plead out and never need evidence for a trial, but now those charged know there is less evidence to convict them, Babin said.
Lambert's next court date is November 3.