Livingston businessman arrested in Sheriff’s Office sting

A Livingston Parish businessman and frequent contributor to parish-related political campaigns was arrested after he purchased prescription pain medication during a sting, a Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Detectives booked Shannon W. “Sam” Mack, 44, of Perrilloux Road, Livingston, into the Livingston Parish Detention Center on Jan. 31 on a count of possession of oxycodone, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Lori Steele said.

Mack posted a $25,000 bail and was released.

Detectives believe Mack ordered the oxycodone through a confidential source working for the Sheriff’s Office, Steele said.

Sheriff’s deputies set up a sting when they delivered the oxycodone to Mack, Steele said. Detectives arrested Mack once the delivery was completed.

A man who answered Mack’s cellphone Tuesday morning said Mack was not available for comment.

He owns SamMackCo. LLC, an oil field contracting firm that has operated since September 2009, Louisiana Secretary of State Office records show.

Mack and his company have been frequent campaign contributors to Livingston Parish officials in recent years. All of the candidates were Republicans.

Mack and his company donated $9,600 to Parish President Layton Ricks since 2011, according to campaign finance records from the Louisiana Board of Ethics.

Mack also worked part-time for the parish’s Office of Emergency Preparedness from March 2012 to May 2012, Ricks said.

“I was very sorry to see that take place,” Ricks said of Mack’s arrest. “I certainly hope and wish the best for Sam Mack.”

SamMackCo. also donated money to the campaigns of former Parish President Mike Grimmer, Parish Assessor Jeffrey Taylor, Sheriff Jason Ard and Judge Jeff Hughes shortly before Hughes won election to the Louisiana Supreme Court.

Hughes, a Walker resident, formerly served on the state First Circuit Court of Appeal and the 21st Judicial District, which covers Livingston, Tangipahoa and St. Helena parishes.

Mack helped the parish with Hurricane Gustav cleanup.

He told the Livingston Parish Council in 2012 that he lost a significant amount of money from the cleanup, in part because of issues the parish has had in trying to obtain reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Association for the cleanup.

Mack has said the costs forced him to shutter his old company, White Horse Maintenance LLC.

Mack ran in 2002 for justice of the peace in Ward 9 but lost to Walter L. Brown.

Mack did some volunteer work for the Sheriff’s Office, Steele said. She said he rode on Sheriff’s Office boats during Hurricane Isaac and during busy summer months to help with emergencies as needed.