Sheriff says deputy sneaked in drugs, smokes

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) -- The Rutherford County sheriff has fired a deputy who he said was sneaking in contraband to jail inmates.

Sheriff Robert Arnold terminated the employment of Deputy Keith Knowles on May 10. The sheriff said he was disappointed to find a deputy with a long career was supplying inmates with forbidden items.

The Daily News Journal reported the department launched an investigation earlier this month after receiving reports that an officer brought a cellphone and tobacco to inmates. Marijuana was also reportedly brought in.

Arnold said Knowles gave a statement that resulted in his firing.

The sheriff's office will turn over its investigation to the district attorney's office to determine whether charges will be filed.

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