Girlfriend now a target in case of inmate accused of trying to smuggle drugs into Orleans jail

Inmate contraband case
Updated: Jun. 26, 2018 at 5:51 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Authorities hope to make an arrest soon after a warrant was issued for the girlfriend of a man who may have conspired to smuggle drugs into the Orleans jail.

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The incident allegedly involves U.S. Attorney Eddie Jordan passing an envelope containing narcotics to his client, Nicholas McKnight, in court.

Jordan is now being investigated, and sources say he's been fully cooperative

A high ranking investigator in the Orleans Parish sheriff's Office confirms that DNA tests are being run, on the envelope that was passed.

Jordan has since removed himself from McKnight's case.

An arrest warrant has now been issued for McKnight's girlfriend, Franchelle Riles. The warrant says that McKnight conspired with Riles to smuggle in the drugs during an intercepted phone call on June 13, the night before the contraband handoff in Judge Robin Pittman's courtroom.

A source confirms that the envelope did not contain marijuana.

McKnight faces a new charge of introducing contraband into the city's jail. He also has a new bond set at $50,000 on that charge.

As for Jordan, his attorney, J.C. Lawrence says he is not in a position to talk about the investigation.

Investigators are waiting for DNA test results to determine whether Jordan had anything to do with the contraband.

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