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Deputy fired, accused of bringing contraband to inmates

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Keith Knowles Keith Knowles
MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) -

A deputy at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center was fired earlier this month after he was accused of bringing marijuana, tobacco and a cell phone to inmates.

On May 10, Sheriff Robert Arnold fired Deputy Keith Knowles, who is accused of bringing contraband into the jail and for conducting himself in a manner unbecoming to an officer.

Knowles joined the sheriff's office as a detention officer June 23, 2008.

"It is very disappointing to me to have a deputy with a long career with the sheriff's office allegedly bring contraband to inmates," Arnold said in a news release.

The sheriff's office said they received information this month that an officer brought a cell phone and tobacco to inmates.

A subsequent investigation led police to Knowles, who gave a statement about his involvement.

More than 800 inmates and their living areas were searched, resulting in the discovery of cigarettes and tobacco.

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