Fla. Jail Deputy Accused of Smuggling Contraband to Inmate

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. --

A former Broward Sheriff's Office detention deputy was arrested Tuesday morning in an ongoing probe into smuggling and sexting at the county's jails.

Keith McPhee, 37, is accused of taking money in exchange for smuggling Gatorade, cell phone batteries and photos of an inmate's girlfriend in a bikini into BSO's main jail.

According to BSO, McPhee was paid $600 for the smuggling. Police said he was on break when he met the inmate's girlfriend in the jail parking lot and took the items from her to give to the inmate. BSO said inmates told them McPhee was one of several deputies who was willing to smuggle contraband.

McPhee resigned from BSO in November after being reclassified as a detention technician amid budget cuts.

He now faces charges of official misconduct and introducing contraband into a detention facility. He is being held on $150,000 bond.

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