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MCSO deputy relieved of duties after allegedly purchasing controlled substances


A Mobile County Sheriff's Office deputy was relieved of his duties after being caught purchasing controlled substances while off duty, Sheriff Sam Cochran confirmed in a statement Tuesday.

Cochran said the incident happened "in the past few days" and remains under investigation. Upon completion, the results of the investigation will forwarded to the Mobile County District Attorney's Office.

The sheriff did not name the deputy.

At the time the deputy was relieved of his duties, all issued equipment was taken from him, and he was transported home, the sheriff said. 

On Monday, he was served with a disciplinary notice and faces a hearing Wednesday that could lead to his termination, Cochran said in the statement.

"We are disheartened to learn that one of our members may have an addiction," Cochran wrote. "However we are not shocked when one considers on a daily basis we see across this county the epidemic of drug and alcohol abuse."

Cochran went on to say, "Our Office has an employee assistance program from which employees may seek assistance when they have a problem. However, they must self-report and seek help.  If not, and they are found to have a problem, severe sanctions including termination are taken against them.  We are Public Safety and we cannot allow our employees to operate under the influence of any controlled substance."

The sheriff commended the detectives looking into the matter for "the professional manner in which they handled this investigation."

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