Sheriff's deputy accused of trying to smuggle drugs into jail

Published: Jan. 6, 2014 at 5:14 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 6, 2014 at 5:15 PM CST
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Patrick Collins (Source: Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office)
Patrick Collins (Source: Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office)

AMITE, LA (WAFB) - Authorities said a sheriff's deputy accused of trying to smuggle drugs into a jail to allegedly sell to inmates was arrested Monday morning.

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office said Deputy Patrick Collins, 58, of Independence, who worked at the parish jail, was booked on introduction of contraband into a penal institution (2 counts), possession with intent to distribute marijuana and malfeasance in office.

"There is a fine line between working in a jail and being in a jail when you are willing to engage in criminal activity with those who you are charged with the custody and control of," Sheriff Daniel Edwards said in a written release. "Let this serve as a warning to others, the Tangipahoa Sheriff's Office will aggressively investigate and prosecute any person who compromises the security of our facility, regardless of who they are."

According to Edwards, the command staff at the jail learned over several days that Collins would allegedly try to get contraband into the prison Monday. Edwards added a search of the deputy's work space turned up four separate packages containing suspected tobacco and marijuana.

Officials reported during questioning Collins admitted to sneaking in contraband and selling it to inmates. Collins will be jailed in St. John Parish pending bond.

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