Fla. Corrections Officer Arrested for Dealing in Painkillers

By: FDLE Release
By: FDLE Release

September 30, 2011 -

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Gainesville Field Office, Levy County Sheriff’s (LCSO) Office and the Dixie County Sheriff’s Office yesterday arrested Richard Monroe Harris, 26, of Cross City, Fla. for one count of sale of a Schedule II controlled substance and possession with the intent to distribute. Harris is a detentions deputy with the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation began in July when the LCSO asked FDLE to look into allegations that Harris was both using and participating in the sale of prescription drugs in the community. The investigation revealed that Harris has been a broker for a number of narcotics transactions. Harris was arrested after he acted as the middle man in a controlled narcotics transaction involving oxycodone. Agents allege that Harris was brokering prescription drugs for cash as well as acquiring pills for his personal use.

Harris was booked into the Dixie County Jail. The case will be prosecuted by the Office of the State Attorney, 3rd Judicial Circuit.


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  • by THINKER Location: Wakulla on Oct 1, 2011 at 09:38 AM
    Thinkin' again. Jails & prisons are becoming places of rehabilitation & bond failures not holding places for criminals. Maybe we have too many laws on the books covering too many acts of misjudgement. Too many "there oughta be a law" knee jerk reactors instead of common sense.
  • by SuperJames Location: Tally-Ho on Sep 30, 2011 at 06:26 PM
    @pat - Nice grammar. While I agree with your statement contrasting his drug sales with those of the inmates he persecutes, I stringently disagree with the overall tone of "they're all criminals and they got what they deserved". Drug use should be decriminalized, regulated, and taxed, and people with chronic use problems (addiction, binge usage, etc) should be treated, not prosecuted. America's drug policies have failed consistently for 40 years now, when are we going to admit it?
  • by pat Location: tallahassee on Sep 30, 2011 at 03:04 PM
    Let see if he gets 15 years like Heliegh Cummings Father Ronald and Misty and her family members got they deserved it and so does a correctional officer ,he knows it agianst the law how many dealers has he sent to prison.
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