Morgan City Police Officer Arrested for Malfeasance in Office and Marijuana

On January 07, 2018 at 5:17pm, the Morgan City Police Department responded to a disturbance near the 100 block of Headland St. in Morgan City. An investigation was initiated which resulted in the arrest of two individuals, Gage Ford and Galen Ford of Morgan City. Gage Ford was initially charged with Aggravated Assault.

Investigators with the Morgan City Police Department continued their investigation, conducting a search warrant at a Short St. residence which resulted in the recovery of evidence indicating the use and possession of Marijuana, a controlled dangerous substance. Evidence was also discovered which indicated that Gage Ford, a convicted felon, possessed a firearm during the disturbance which was allegedly discarded, resulting in additional charges being filed.

In addition, detectives discovered evidence which indicated that April A. Hudson, who was employed as an officer with the Morgan City Police Department had knowledge of the illegal activity taking place at that residence and that she failed in her duties as a public servant and a police officer to report that illegal activity as required by law and the Morgan City Police Department. Based on that evidence, April A. Hudson was terminated from her employment at the Morgan City Police Department and subsequently arrested on warrants for the following offenses:
1. Malfeasance in Office
2. Possession of Marijuana
3. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

April A. Hudson was booked at the Morgan City Police Department and released on bond. The case is being turned over to the 16th Judicial District Attorney’s Office for prosecution. The investigation is continuing and additional charges may be filed if warranted.

“While it is unfortunate that this incident led us to investigate and affect an arrest of a member of our department, it is also an example of how serious this department takes the responsibility that the public we serve has entrusted us with. We will make every effort to maintain the trust and the confidence of the public we serve by providing internal oversight. It is our duty as law enforcement officers. It is discouraging that an officer within the first 18 months of their career chose to make personal choices which conflicted with the duties as a Morgan City Police Officer. However, this profession requires us to make a decision to live with integrity and professionalism.”