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Feds Charge South Georgia Deputy
Friday, 18 October 2013
October 18--  Pierce County Sheriff's Deputy Randy Strickland, 55, was arrested on federal charges yesterday for his role in the trafficking of methamphetamine.  Strickland had his initial appearance today in federal court in Brunswick, Georgia before United States Magistrate Judge James E. Graham, where he was ordered detained without a bond.   

 According to papers filed with the District Court, Deputy Strickland allegedly agreed to act as “security” for individuals he believed were dealing meth, by acting as the lookout.  Strickland’s drug activities allegedly occurred while he was in uniform and while he was driving his police vehicle.  When Pierce County Sheriff Ramsey Bennett received information about Strickland’s apparent criminal activities, he immediately requested federal law enforcement assistance.  

              Pierce County Sheriff Ramsey Bennett said, “This is a situation where there are no winners.  This gives the Office of the Sheriff a black eye and erodes the confidence of the public in law enforcement.  As Sheriff, I will not tolerate this type of conduct.  I want to reassure the public that we will police ourselves as well as the general public.”

            The present charge against Strickland carries a maximum prison sentence of 40 years, and a fine up to $5,000,000. 

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