Officer Arrested for Selling Drugs Out of Patrol Vehicle


A sheriff’s volunteer officer was arrested after he was caught selling prescription drugs out of the patrol car while in uniform. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said he was “hotter than a bare butt on a tin roof in August” when he found out about the incident.

Deputies arrested David Roberts on weapons and drug trafficking charges. An investigation into Roberts’ activities began once detectives discovered Oxycodone pills had been found inside a patrol car that a volunteer officer was using.

Investigators then discovered that Roberts was getting 90 Oxydone pills a month for the past two years and selling them for $10 apiece after an undercover deputy offered him $12 for a single pill.

The 69-year-old agreed to meet the undercover officer at a Lake Wales gas station and escorted him to the patrol car to carry out the transaction. Roberts, in uniform, handed over the baggie with the pills once he counted the deputy’s money.

According to Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the deputy followed Roberts back to the sheriff’s substation where he was finally arrested.

Authorities ran a background check on Roberts, which uncovered a number of charges from years ago, including burglary. Roberts had been a volunteer for the office for 12 years.

“We’re embarrassed… Somebody messed up 12 years ago on a background. He’s been a stellar volunteer, very well-loved, done a good job, except when he’s selling oxys out of the car, using it as cover. I am livid,” Judd said.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office, which has more than 3,000 volunteers will now complete an audit of its volunteer system.


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