For Immediate Release from Sheriff Daniel Edwards
AMITE – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards announces the following:
58-year old Independence resident Patrick Collins, a Tangipahoa Parish Deputy assigned to the parish jail, was arrested this morning for 1ct malfeasance in office, 2cts introduction of contraband into a penal institution, and possession with intent to distribute schedule 1 narcotics.
Command staff at the jail developed information over the past few days indicating Collins would be introducing the contraband into the facility on January 6, 2014.
The information was confirmed when a search of Collins’ work space revealed 4 separate packages containing suspected tobacco and marijuana. In a subsequent interview with TPSO narcotics agents, 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," said Sheriff Edwards.