- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office has fired a jailer accused of smuggling contraband into the lockup.

Spokesman Capt. Carl Minden of the sheriff’s office tells the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1xyfCic ) that 37-year-old Demon Tate was fired Tuesday after an internal hearing.

Tate was arrested over the weekend after authorities say he took 22 pills, plastic baggies, a large metal fork and other items to the facility. Metal utensils are banned at the jail for safety reasons.

Tate has pleaded not guilty to charges, including possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.

An investigation into how the drugs were brought into the jail is ongoing. Minden said he couldn’t provide further details.

Tate had worked at the jail since April 2011.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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