Sheriff Craig Webre announced two people have been charged after a woman attempted to deliver drugs to an inmate while he was in court. On Thursday, May 12, Jenna Landry (age 22) of Schriever was caught on surveillance video attempting to deliver drugs to Inmate Jared Benoit (age 25) of Thibodaux who was arrested the day prior.
Just after 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, deputies assigned to court security observed a woman, later identified as Jenna Landry, place an unknown item on an inmate transport van and then walk away. Deputies investigated this suspicious behavior and located suspected Klonopin pills and Suboxone strips wrapped in plastic. Deputies located Landry who was still nearby and questioned her about the drugs. Through investigation, deputies learned Landry placed the drugs on the van to allow an inmate, Jared Benoit, to retrieve them and bring them into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center. Deputies also discovered evidence that Landry and Benoit had planned the drop off in great detail.
Landry was arrested and charged with Criminal Conspiracy, Possession of Suboxone and Klonopin, Attempted Distribution of Suboxone and Klonopin, and Attempted Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Institution. Her bond is set at $13,000.
Jared Benoit was arrested the previous day, May 11, due to contempt of court charges for child support and failure to appear on traffic violations. He was additionally charged Criminal Conspiracy, Attempted Possession of Suboxone and Klonopin, and Attempted Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Institution. His total bond is now set at $21,600.
Sheriff Webre wishes to remind citizens that the courthouse and the area surrounding the courthouse in Downtown Thibodaux are under constant surveillance. “Any attempt to make contact with an inmate or deliver something to an inmate will easily be spotted by deputies, and necessary actions will be taken,” said Sheriff Webre.