Behind bars: Detention officer arrested, accused of bringing in contraband

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

A Carroll County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) detention officer was arrested last week after allegedly introducing prohibited contraband into the detention center.

The Carroll County Detention Center intake log notes that 44-year-old Irving Gerald Earles of Berryville was charged with two counts of furnishing prohibited articles on Thursday, Oct. 15. According to a press release from CCSO, Earles was terminated from the detention center at the time of the arrest.

The press release notes that Earles began working as a detention officer on Feb. 25, 2015. He was employed in the same position from June 11, 2011 to June 21, 2014, the release says.

Earles faces more charges, the release notes, including 10 counts of conduct constituting conspiracy. According to Chief Deputy Maj. George Frye, Earles allegedly brought candy, cigarettes and aerosol spray into the detention center.

"He conspired at least 10 times that we can document to introduce contraband into the jail," Frye said.

Sheriff Randy Mayfield commented on the arrest, saying no one is above the law.

"We hold all our employees to the highest standards of conduct. Evidence indicates Mr. Earles violated the trust of this office, his fellow employees and the citizens of Carroll County," Mayfield said. "There is no place in law enforcement for such conduct. We will seek vigorous prosecution in this case or any such violation of public trust."

Earles is being housed in the Benton County Detention Center, and his bond has been set at $100,000. The investigation is ongoing.

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