Visitor arrested with drugs at Rayburn

Published 4:17 pm Monday, October 15, 2018

A routine search of a visitor’s vehicle led to the arrest of a New Orleans resident at the Rayburn Correctional Center on Saturday.

The visitor, Derion Parlow, 27, of Dauphine Street in New Orleans, was at the facility to visit her brother, Lance Parlow, who is serving a seven-year sentence out of Orleans Parish for possession of cocaine and jumping bail, according to RCC Warden Robert Tanner.

Tanner said that correctional officers were alerted to suspicious activity involving Derion Parlow and those accompanying her on the visit. One of the members of Parlow’s group was denied entry into the facility after a routine body scan revealed the possibility of contraband items concealed on her person, Tanner said.

A thorough inspection of the vehicle the group was traveling in revealed a small plastic wrapper containing a leafy green substance that later tested positive as marijuana. Tanner said that Parlow claimed ownership of the marijuana and was turned over to the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office. The remaining members of her party were required to leave the premises.

“Drugs are a major problem within correctional facilities across the nation and our facility is not immune to the problem,” Tanner said. “We are committed to combating this issue and to that end we have acquired some of the best equipment available to assist us in our efforts to provide a safe, drug-free environment for those offenders who are working to turn their lives around.”