It’s typical for a correctional facility to conduct unannounced spot-searchers. Usually, these shake-downs turn up contraband among the inmates. But every so often, these searches bust a correctional officer instead. So it was in Louisiana on Monday, where a Richwood Correctional officer busted smuggling synthetic weed into jail is now sitting behind bars himself.

Correctional Officer Caught Hiding Fake Weed In Potato Chip Bags

Richwood Correctional Center is a medium-security county jail just off Interstate 20 in northern Louisiana. The facility is owned and operated by Lasalle Management Company.

Lasalle operates 18 correctional facilities throughout Georgia, Texas and Louisiana. Lasalle’s website states that the facility’s “distinguished security team is dedicated to providing professional and efficient services to all of our partners.”

At Lasalle’s Richwood facility, a sweep found cigarette tobacco, a cell phone, and synthetic marijuana on the person of 41-year-old correctional officer Tyre D. Manning.

According to the police report, Manning had placed the synthetic cannabis inside sandwich bags. Manning apparently tried to hide the baggies of synthetic weed inside a larger potato chip bag.

After the discovery of the contraband, police booked Manning into the Ouachita Correctional Center in Richwood.

Manning is currently in confinement until his arraignment. No further information on his status is available at this time.

What Is Synthetic Marijuana?

Unlike naturally grown cannabis, synthetic marijuana is chemically processed.

In fact, it’s incorrect to call synthetic marijuana a cannabis product at all. Rather, synthetic weed is a chemical analog that imitates the structure of THC.

The synthetic cannabinoids bind to the same receptors as THC, however, and are capable of producing a euphoric high. But the chemicals also have a much higher affinity than

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