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Grand Isle police officers arrested

Grand Isle police officers arrested

GRAND ISLE, La. (AP) — Three members of the police department in the town of Grand Isle, including a captain and a lieutenant, were arrested Wednesday and booked with malfeasance in office, among other charges, authorities said.

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office said in a news release that all three face malfeasance in office charges. Two also face charges of extortion.

Two civilians also were arrested on extortion counts.

Arrested were Capt. Tyson Gravette, 34, Lt. Elgene Gary, 74, and Officer Cameron Westbrook, 29. Gravette and Westbrook were each booked on one count of malfeasance and one count of extortion. Gary was booked on one count of extortion.

Deputies also arrested two civilians, Karrie Mulac, 49, and Tasha Eschete, 42, on one count of extortion each.

According to Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand, the five arrests are part of an ongoing investigation by JPSO that started in July 2014 as part of a probe into a drug operation.

Normand said in March that deputies were investigating allegations of evidence being tampered with and $4,000 in cash missing from a cash box, among other claims. Investigators seized police reports, 32 firearms and other evidence.

The sheriff's office did not release details of the alleged crimes and the nature of the investigation, which it said remains ongoing.