Police arrest woman who allegedly passed drugs to inmate in court

Police arrest woman who allegedly passed drugs to inmate in court
Franchelle Riles, 20, is accused of trying to smuggle contraband into prison.

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A woman who allegedly passed possible drugs to an inmate at Orleans Parish Criminal District Court last week has been booked into jail on a charge of introducing contraband in prison.

Franchelle Riles, 20, was booked into the Orleans Justice Center on Monday at 5:30 p.m.

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

Jordan has since removed himself from McKnight's case.

The warrant issued for Riles said 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.

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.

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