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October 25, 2016

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Former deputy arrested for conspiring to introduce contraband into the Boulder County Jail

Tyler Mason was arrested this morning for attempting to smuggle chewing tobacco and marijuana edibles into the jail

Boulder, Colo. - This morning Tyler Paul Mason, 33, a former sheriff's deputy assigned to the jail, was arrested for his role in conspiring to introduce contraband into the Boulder County Jail for inmate use.

On Friday, September 23, an inmate contacted a jail staff member and disclosed that another inmate had made arrangements with a deputy to smuggle chewing tobacco and marijuana edibles into the jail. The plot for Mason to introduce contraband into the jail was conceived with an inmate who Mason had a childhood friendship with. It was determined Mason had been willing to smuggle contraband into the jail for money, as the deputy was experiencing financial hardship.

After an inmate contacted jail staff with the allegation of misconduct an internal investigation was launched. On September 28, undercover investigators observed Mason meet with a female subject in Longmont who provided him with $160 in cash for the purchase of the chewing tobacco and edibles. Prior to that meeting, the female had agreed to assist in the investigation and was aware the exchange would be surveilled by investigators. The cash exchanged was recovered from Mason's vehicle on September 29.

After the transaction occurred, Mason was placed on administrative leave. None of the planned contraband the money exchange was intended to secure was introduced into the jail. Additionally, there was no evidence located during the investigation that suggested Mason had smuggled, or attempted to smuggle, contraband into the jail prior to this occasion.

Mason's employment with the sheriff's office terminated on Wednesday, October 12. Mason had been hired by the sheriff's office as a non-P.O.S.T. certified deputy in the Jail Division in December 2014.

Mason was booked and released through the Boulder County Jail this morning where he was charged with one count of conspiracy to introduce contraband in the first degree, a class five felony; one count of conspiracy to introduce contraband in the second degree, a class six felony; and one count of official misconduct in the first degree, a class two misdemeanor. Mason is scheduled to return to court on Thursday, December 1, at 1:30 p.m., to be formally charged. A copy of Mason's booking photo is attached.

The case number associated with this investigation is 16-6017.

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/s/ Cmdr. Mike Wagner
Public Information Officer