Marion County deputy jailers accused of providing contraband to inmates

Two deputy jailers in Marion County were charged Wednesday with providing contraband to inmates, according to a news release from David J. Hale, U.S. Attorney for Western Kentucky.

Shawn Perkins, 35, and Michael Cook, 24, were arrested at the Marion County Detention Center following a four-month investigation by state and federal authorities, according to the news release.

Perkins also was charged with drug trafficking.

Authorities did a surprise search of the 297-bed jail and found drugs, cell phones, tobacco products and other contraband, according to the news release.

The jailer, J. Barry Brady, cooperated in the investigation and fired the two deputies when they were arrested.

The two face up to 20 years in prison if convicted, according to the release.

Perkins had been a deputy jailer for 12 years and Cook for a year.