Deputy suspected of giving inmates cigarettes and other items

Shay Cline (Source: St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office)
Shay Cline (Source: St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office)

FRANKLIN, LA (WAFB) - Authorities report a sheriff's deputy suspected of bringing items into a jail and giving them to inmates was arrested Friday afternoon.

The St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office said Shay Cline, 20, of Centerville faces charges of entering contraband into a penal institution and malfeasance in office.

Investigators said some of the items Cline allegedly gave to inmates included tobacco and lighters.

He was booked into the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center, but was later transferred to another jail.

His bond was set at $20,000

The investigation is ongoing.

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