A Tangipahoa Parish deputy assigned to the parish jail was arrested after the sheriff said he planned to bring drugs into the jail and sell it to inmates.

Patrick Collins, 58, was arrested on one count of malfeasance in office, two counts of introduction of contraband into a penal institution and possession with intent to distribute schedule 1 narcotics.

Sheriff Daniel Edwards said the sheriff's office developed information that indicated Collins planned to be introducing the drugs into the facility on Jan. 6.

Edwards said a search of Collins' work space revealed 4 separate packages containing suspected tobacco and marijuana.

According to Edwards, Collins admitted to bringing in the contraband and selling it to inmates.

Collins' is currently being processed and will be housed in St. John Parish pending bond.

'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.' Sheriff Edwards.

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