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"I think I speak for every law enforcement officer in the country," says Sheriff Arnold. "When it comes to dirty cops, I have no damn use for him."
The Sheriff is talking about Luis Reynaldo Parra-Flores, who was arrested by DEA officers last week. According to the U.S. Attorney's office, a courier flew into Nashville International with 7 kilograms of cocaine in his luggage. Parra-Flores was arrested when he allegedly tried to take possession of the drugs.
"We as a department have a black eye and a busted jaw right now," says Sheriff Arnold. "Mr. Floures definitely ruined any respect the community had in him."
Federal agents say Parra-Flores was carrying a firearm and his department issued badge. It's a badge Sheriff Arnold destroyed.
"I didn't want his badge to ever be worn by anybody to say that they're protecting the public again," says Sheriff Arnold. "So, I just wanted it destroyed."
A patrol officer since 2008, Parra-Flores had undergone an extensive background check. In 2011, he received an award when he fired shots to stop a burglary suspect who rammed another officer's patrol car. Now he's off the job, accused of working against the law he swore to uphold.
"One, I ask the community not to judge us or law enforcement as a whole based off of this one person's actions," says Sheriff Arnold. "This is a disgrace for our department, but we'll get through this."
If convicted, Parra-Flores faces 10 years to life in prison and a $10 million fine.
Tuesday, March 19 2013, 10:47 PM CDT
Miss. chooses new firm to run Woodville prison
May 18, 2013 20:50 GMT
WOODVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi officials have picked a new company to run the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility.
Utah-based Management and Training Corp. announced Friday that the Mississippi Department of Corrections has chosen it to run the 1,000-bed prison starting July 1, the Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/10MvOGv).
Corrections Corporation of America, based in Nashville, Tenn., had run the prison since 1998. MTC says it will keep "the vast majority" of employees.
MTC will get a five-year contract to run the prison with two one-year options. Last year, officials chose MTC to take over East Mississippi Correctional Facility, the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility and the Marshall County Correctional Facility from the GEO Group. MTC won 10-year contracts for each.
CCA still runs the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility and the Adams County Correctional Center in Mississippi.
Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/
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