Former Marion County deputy jailers are indicted

Two former deputy jailers from Marion County were indicted Tuesday on federal charges, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney David J. Hale.

Shawn Perkins, 35, and Michael Cook, 24, were charged with conspiring to possess prescription pain pills and marijuana with the intent to distribute the drugs to inmates, and with attempting to provide prohibited objects to inmates.

Those objects included drugs and cell phones, according to a news release.

The two were arrested in September at the Marion County Detention Center.

State and federal authorities had investigated the two for four months. The jailer, J. Barry Brady, had cooperated in the investigation.

In a search at the 297-bed jail Sept. 27, authorities found drugs, cell phones, tobacco and other prohibited items.

Perkins and Cook face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.