Missing inmate worker back in OPSO custody

NEW ORLEANS, La. - FOX 8 received the following news release from the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office regarding state inmate Leroy Smith, who was apprehended Tuesday after leaving the (OPSO) Transitional Work Program eight days ago:

"At 3:45 p.m. today, members of the Special Operations Division of the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office apprehended state inmate Leroy Smith. Inmate Smith left a local restaurant where he was working as part of the Transitional Work Program on May 20.

The Transitional Work Program permits inmates who are close to release an opportunity to obtain gainful employment at area businesses. His scheduled release date was June 29, 2013. Based on tips from confidential sources, deputies arrested Smith in the 6900 block of Boston Drive in eastern New Orleans.

He was originally arrested Nov. 19, 2011, for possession of cocaine, burglary and probation violation. Smith is once again in OPSO custody and will face an additional charge of simple escape.  He is no longer part of the Transitional Work Program.

Thanks to the Special Operations Division for their good work.  I'd also like to recognize the U.S. Marshals Service for their assistance in the investigation and capture of Smith."