Deputy arrested for distributing cigarettes at jail

Deidre Cruse, Governmental Reporter

A deputy working at the Iberville Parish Jail was arrested last Thursday for malfeasance in office and then fired from the job he had held for eight months, Capt. Aubrey St. Angelo said.

Deputy John Lasseigne, 19, of 20365 Sidney Road, Grosse Tete, is accused of distributing cigarettes to parish jail inmates against the policies both of the state and the sheriff's office, St. Angelo said.

“By his own admission, it wasn't a constant occurrence, but it had occurred and was reoccurring” over a period of three to four months, the captain said.

Sheriff's investigators received information that Lasseigne was involved in the illegal activity and launched the investigation that led to the jailer's arrest, St. Angelo said.

Lasseigne was freed on bond the same day as his arrest, records showed.

In other action, deputies arrested Mark Michelle, 44, of 25440 Tenant Road, Plaquemine, on a charge of possession with intent to distribute a Schedule II drug, St. Angelo said. Michelle was charged after a traffic stop and a search that turned up eight Loritabs in a baggie in Michelle's pants pocket, the captain alleged.

Also arrested was Randy Lee Romig, 40, of 35299 La. 75, Plaquemine, charged with a third offense of driving while intoxicated in connection with an accident and careless operation of a vehicle, St. Angelo said.

He said Romig was traveling Sunday on La. 75 toward Bayou Pigeon when his vehicle left the roadway and traveled nearly 500 feet, striking numerous trees before coming to a halt. The suspect was fighting with medical professionals when deputies arrived at the scene, St. Angelo alleged.

Romig refused treatment of the minor to moderate injuries he sustained in the one-car accident, and was arrested, the officer said.