Uniformed Florida Keys Deputy Arrested After Buying Drugs From Informant
Miranda was on duty Saturday night around 6:30 when he pulled into a Winn-Dixie parking lot on Big Pine Key, says Becky Herrin, a spokeswoman for the Monroe County Sheriff's Department.
Inside the lot, he took what he believed were ten oxycodone pills from a dealer and promised to pay up on Monday. What Miranda didn't know was that the man was an informant, planted in the lot on a tip to the department.
When a sergeant later searched Miranda's cruiser, he found the ten pills, along with 12 hydromorphone pills and a pipe in Miranda's pants pocket that contained marijuana residue.
Miranda had been with the Lower Keys district since 2008, working as a road patrol deputy.
Now he's facing three felony charges -- conspiracy to purchase narcotics, possession of synthetic narcotics, and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription -- and one misdemeanor charge for possessing drug equipment.
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