Deputy Under Investigation for Allegedly Selling Drugs to Inmate
December 22, 2010
NEWPORT, Tenn. (AP) — A Cocke County deputy is under investigation after Sheriff Armando Fontes said the deputy sold drugs to a jail inmate.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that George Trent had worked with the sheriff’s department as a corrections officer for just more than a month.
Fontes said his office received a tip on Friday morning that the 33-year-old Trent was selling prescription pills to inmates. Deputies then gave an inmate bait money to solicit Trent for drugs.
Fontes said Trent sold the inmate a 30 milligram Roxycodine pill. Trent was fired that day.
The newspaper could not reach Trent for comment.
Trent was not arrested, but his case will go before a grand jury next month. If indicted, he’ll likely face felony charges.