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2 deputies indicted separately, fired from same department

October 27, 2017

COVINGTON, La. (AP) — A Louisiana prosecutor and sheriff say two deputies were fired after being indicted on separate drug-related malfeasance charges.

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith and District Attorney Warren Montgomery identify them as 35-year-old Kenneth Szalajeski (sal-uh-JES-kee) of Folsom and 33-year-old Jordan Hollenbeck of Slidell, a narcotics investigator.

A joint news release Friday said both were indicted and fired Thursday.

Hollenbeck allegedly developed a relationship with an illegal pill distributor to get drugs for himself. He’s also accused of providing information about informants to a pill distributor for personal gain. He’s charged with three counts of malfeasance in office. The indictment doesn’t identify the distributor.

Szalajeski is charged on two counts each of malfeasance and distributing marijuana. He’s accused of selling or giving away marijuana he’d confiscated on the job.

It wasn’t clear whether either has an attorney.

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