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Ex-Boulder County deputy arrested for conspiring to bring contraband into jail

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BOULDER, Colo. — A former Boulder County sheriff’s deputy was arrested Tuesday for conspiring to smuggle contraband into the county jail, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office said.

Tyler Mason, who was assigned to the jail, was arrested after an inmate told a staff member last month that another inmate had made arrangements with a deputy to bring marijuana edibles and chewing tobacco into the jail.

A childhood friend of Mason’s who was an inmate made arrangements with the deputy to smuggle in the contraband. The sheriff’s office said Mason, 33, was willing to do it for money because he was experiencing financial hardship.

During an internal investigation, Mason was seen meeting with a woman in Longmont on Sept. 28 and given $160 in cash to purchase the edibles and chewing tobacco.

Before the meeting, the woman agreed to assist in the investigation, knowing she would be watched by investigators. The money was recovered from Mason’s ¬†vehicle the next day.

Mason was placed on administrative leave, then was fired on Oct. 12. He was hired by the sheriff’s office in December 2014.

The sheriff’s office said Mason did not bring any contraband into the jail, and investigators found no evidence to suggest he smuggled or attempted to smuggle anything in the past.

Mason was booked and released from the Boulder County Jail on Tuesday. He is charged with two counts of felony conspiracy to introduce contraband and one count of misdemeanor first-degree official misconduct.

He is due in court on Dec. 1.