Sunday, September 7, 2008

Polk jail deputy sold drugs to undercover cops, police say

Natalie Morera

Sentinel Staff Writer

September 7, 2008

The long arm of the law didn't have to reach far in Polk County, authorities said Friday.

A county detention deputy was arrested on charges of selling prescription pain pills to undercover sheriff's detectives.

The deputy, Shawn Thomas Lucas, 30, resigned. He is accused of selling pills with a street value of $200, to detectives Thursday night in Auburndale, authorities said.

Deputies said the charge against Lucas was upgraded to armed drug trafficking because a loaded .45-caliber handgun was found in his pickup.

Lucas worked at the South County Jail for more than two years

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