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Georgia sheriff’s deputy arrested on drug charges

January 5, 2020 GMT

JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia sheriff says one of his deputies has been arrested on drug charges.

Monroe County Sheriff Brad Freeman said in a Facebook post that Paul Nicholas Stewart, who was assigned to the sheriff’s office’s support services division, was arrested Friday.

Freeman said he received a call around 10 a.m. Friday from Butts County Sheriff Gary Long, who said an investigation there revealed that a Monroe County deputy was involved in illegal drug activity.

Two investigators from Monroe County were sent to Butts County to help, and investigators from the two counties arrested Stewart.

“One of my own, your own, has betrayed the trust we have placed in him,” Freeman wrote.

Stewart was being held without bond in the Butts County jail. It wasn’t immediately clear whether he had an attorney who could comment on his arrest.

To make matters worse, Freeman wrote, Stewart ”was wearing insignia identifying himself as a deputy with Monroe County during his illegal activity.”

Freeman said Stewart faces charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and use of a communication facility in the commission of a felony involving a controlled substance.

“It goes without saying that I am extremely disappointed that this incident occurred and I do not and never will condone this sort of behavior in any of my employees,” Freeman said in a news release issued Saturday afternoon, according to the Telegraph newspaper. “Stewart is being dealt (with) in accordance with the law.”