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Hempstead Co. detention sergeant arrested in contraband probe

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Jeremy Brown, 35 (Source: Hempstead Co. Sheriff's Office) Jeremy Brown, 35 (Source: Hempstead Co. Sheriff's Office)
HEMPSTEAD CO., AR (KSLA) -

A Hempstead County Detention Sergeant has been arrested and fired after an investigation into the smuggling of contraband into the county jail.

According to Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton, 35-year-old Jeremy Brown of McCaskill was arrested and fired Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. when he reported for duty at the detention center, following a two-month investigation.

Singleton says an investigation by the Sheriff's Office into the smuggling of contraband began in June, prompted by "numerous attempts to smuggle tobacco, drugs, cell phones and pornography into the detention center" by mail in religious materials sent to friends or family members detained there.

Some have succeeded, but they say the majority of the attempts have been interrupted by detention officers doing their assigned duties to make sure nothing gets through. Still, the smuggling attempts have prompted a change in mail policy to allow only post cards to be received and sent to the detention center because nothing can be hidden in a post card.

Brown's firing came following a conversation overheard on the recorded phone lines on or around July 4 or 5, between Brown and an inmate and a third party. According to Singleton, the conversation involved talk of bringing prohibited articles into the jail and how they were going to be distributed to certain a certain inmate or inmates.

"As Sheriff," Singleton said in a statement released Thursday, "I am deeply disappointed that a person on our staff would commit a crime such as this and tarnish the image of the other dedicated professional Detention Officers and Deputies who put their lives on the line every day to make Hempstead County a better and safer place to raise our families.

As Sheriff, I am committed to maintaining an Honest and Professional trained Staff to serve our County. The Citizens of Hempstead County should expect and deserve better from the people who took an oath to serve and Protect them not add to the problem."

Authorities say the investigation remains open and will result in further arrest should information be obtained of other's involvement whether inmate or employee.

Brown had been a reserve deputy and was employed as a patrol deputy in April of 2008, and transferred to the Detention Center on June 16, 2010.

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