2006 Louisiana Laws - RS 14:402 — Contraband defined; certain activities regarding contraband in penal institutions prohibited; penalty; disposition of seized contraband

§402.  Contraband defined; certain activities regarding contraband in penal institutions prohibited; penalty; disposition of seized contraband

A.  No person shall introduce contraband into or upon the grounds of any state correctional institution.

B.  No person shall possess contraband upon the grounds of any state correctional institution.

C.  No person shall send contraband from any state correctional institution.

D.  "Contraband" as used herein means:

(1)  Any controlled dangerous substance as defined in R.S. 40:961, et seq., or any other drug or substance that if taken internally, whether separately or in combination with another drug or substance, produces or may produce an hypnotic effect.  The provisions of this Paragraph shall not apply to a drug or substance that has been prescribed by a physician, if the drug or substance is in a container issued by the pharmacy or other place of dispensation, the container identifies the prescription number, prescribing physician, and issuing pharmacist or other person, and the container is not concealed upon the body of the person.

(2)  A dangerous weapon, or other instrumentality customarily used or intended for probable use as a dangerous weapon or to aid in an escape, unless authorized by the warden of the institution.

(3)  Explosives or combustibles, unless authorized by the warden of the institution.

(4)  Plans for the making or manufacturing of a dangerous weapon or other instrumentality customarily used or intended for probable use as a dangerous weapon or to aid in an escape, or for the making or manufacturing of explosives or combustibles, or for an escape from an institution, unless authorized by the warden of the institution.

(5)  An alcoholic beverage or other beverage which produces or may produce an intoxicating effect.

(6)  Stolen property.

(7)  Any currency or coin, unless authorized by the warden of the institution.

(8)  Any article of food, toiletries, or clothing, unless authorized by the warden of the institution.

E.  It shall be unlawful to possess or to introduce or attempt to introduce into or upon the premises of any municipal or parish prison or jail or to take or send or attempt to take or send therefrom, or to give or to attempt to give to an inmate of any municipal or parish prison or jail, any of the following articles which are hereby declared to be contraband for the purpose of this Section, to wit:

(1)  Any currency or coin which is legal tender.

(2)  Any stolen property.

(3)  Any article of food or clothing.

(4)  Any intoxicating beverage or beverages which cause or may cause any intoxicating effects.

(5)  Any narcotic or hypnotic or excitive drug or any drugs of whatever kind or nature, including nasal inhalators of any variety, sleeping pills or barbiturates of any variety that create or may create a hypnotic effect if taken internally, or any other controlled dangerous substance as defined in R.S. 40:961, et seq.

(6)  Any firearm or any instrumentality customarily used as a dangerous weapon, including explosives or combustibles, except through regular channels as authorized by the officer in charge of any institution herein, or any plans for the making or manufacturing of such weapons or devices.

(7)  Any telecommunications equipment, including but not limited to cellular phones, beepers, or global positioning satellite system equipment whether or not such equipment may be intended for use in planning or aiding an escape or attempt to escape from any institution.

(8)  Any equipment, whether professionally made or homemade, intended for use in tattooing.

(9)  Any electronic device including but not limited to computers, telephoto equipment, communications equipment, whether modified or not that is intended for use in the planning or aiding in an escape or attempt to escape from any institution.

(10)  Any object or instrumentality intended for use as a tool in the planning or aiding in an escape or attempt to escape from any institution.

F.  Any contraband which is seized may be destroyed, donated to a charitable organization, or put to lawful use within the institution, unless it is needed as evidence in a criminal prosecution.  However, any money seized which is legal tender shall be placed in a fund at the institution at which the money was seized to be used solely for the purchase of contraband detection and escape chase team equipment.  A record of the disposition of all contraband shall be maintained.

G.  Whoever violates any provision of this Section shall be imprisoned with or without hard labor for not more than five years.

Added by Acts 1958, No. 269, §1.  Amended by Acts 1966, No. 538, §1; Acts 1976, No. 241, §1; Acts 1977, No. 326, §1; Acts 1978, No. 731, §1; Acts 1980, No. 365, §1; Acts 1981, No. 282, §1; Acts 1986, No. 989, §1; Acts 1991, No. 191, §1; Acts 2004, No. 602, §1.


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