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Two deputy jailers at the Marion County Detention Center were arrested Wednesday morning, Sept. 21, on federal charges of providing contraband to inmates.
Shawn Perkins, 35, and Michael Cook, 24, have been arrested on charges of providing contraband to prison inmates. Perkins is also facing a charge of trafficking with intent to distribute illegal narcotics.
United States Attorney David J. Hale announced the arrests Sept. 21.
The arrests followed a four-month investigation by the Kentucky State Police, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the United States Marshals. Marion County Jailer Barry Brady also cooperated with the investigation.
Cook and Perkins were both fired as Marion County Detention Center employees following their arrests. Perkins had worked at the detention center for 12 years, and Cook had worked there for a year.
If convicted, Perkins and Cook could face sentences up to 20 years in prison and fines up to $250,000.
In a press statement, Brady said his office assisted the investigators when they became aware of the potential criminal activities.
"The public should be assured by today's swift actions that the Marion County Detention Center will remain a secure and professionally-managed jail," he said.
At 10 a.m. Sept. 21, law enforcement officials with the state police, the Department of Corrections, Northpoint Training Center, Kentucky Jail Inspectors, Marion County Detention Center staff and deputy jailers from Grayson, Oldham, Shelby and Warren counties performed a sweep of the 297 beds at the detention center. During the sweep, they seized cell phones, narcotics, tobacco and other illegal contraband in and around the cell blocks.
Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Scott Davis will be prosecuting the case. The Kentucky State Police and the Kentucky Department of Corrections lead the investigation.
Editor's note: The indictment of a person by a grand jury is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.