Tangipahoa Parish Deputy arrested for selling contraband to inmates

Tangipahoa Parish Deputy arrested for selling contraband to inmates

POSTED: Monday, January 6, 2014 - 2:13pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 10:45am

A Tangipahoa Parish deputy assigned to the parish jail, Patrick Collins, 58, of Independence, was arrested Monday morning after authorities confirmed that he was introducing contraband into the jail.

Command staff at the facility received a tip that Collins would sneak in the prohibited substances on Monday, Jan. 6. After searching his workspace, authorities found four packages containing suspected tobacco and marijuana.

In a subsequent interview with TPSO narcotics agents, Collins admitted to bringing in contraband and selling it to inmates.

Collins will be held in St. John Parish pending bond.

Sheriff Daniel Edwards added these words: “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. 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.” 

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They should have removed his Tangipahoa Sheriff's Office shirt before taking his mugshot. It would have been the very first thing I'd have done after arresting him. One thing a sheriff's office does NOT need is a mugshot of one of their own wearing a law enforcement shirt that represents that office. Not smart.

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