Jail Cook Suspected of Smuggling Drugs

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MERCED, Calif. (AP) - A cook at a county jail in Central California is behind bars after officials say he smuggled in marijuana, tobacco and cell phones for inmates.

Merced County Sheriff's Deputy Delray Shelton tells the Merced Sun-Star that 57-year-old David Louis Mace was arrested at home Thursday on suspicion of bringing controlled substances into the John Latorraca Correctional Facility in Merced and allowing inmates to use controlled substances.

Mace has worked at the jail since 2002. Deputies say he's being held on $100,000 bail. It was not immediately clear whether he had an attorney.

His arrest came after a two-month investigation during which deputies searched the jail's kitchen and found a half pound of marijuana and tobacco.

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