ALBANY, Ga. — A deputy sheriff in Worth County was arrested on drug charges in East Albany Tuesday afternoon, according to reports.
Deputy Justin Stewart, 27, faces charges including selling oxycodone, possession of drug-related objects and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, said Maj. Bill Berry, of the Drug Unit.
“We arrested him at about 5 (p.m.) in a parking lot of a shopping center at the 2400 block of Sylvester Road for selling oxycodone,” Berry said. “We followed a tip. He pulled up in his vehicle and we saw an exchange and we moved in.”
The firearm Stewart carried was his service handgun, Berry said. Agents confiscated 90 oxycodone pills worth about $5,000 on the street, Berry added.
Drug agents also found other prescription drugs, pipes and syringes, Berry said. One of the syringes had what looked like fresh blood in it, he added.
Stewart left jail on $5,500 bond and caught a ride back to Worth County with his father, said a Dougherty County Jail spokeswoman.
Worth County Sheriff Freddie Tompkins said Stewart will be suspended without pay during an internal investigation.