A Wake County detention officer was arrested and charged Sunday with giving an inmate heroin and a medication used to treat opioid addiction.
Andrew Richard Byrd, 25, of Apex was charged with two felony counts of providing drugs to an inmate, selling or delivering a Schedule I controlled substance, conspiring to sell or deliver a Schedule III controlled substance and possession with intent to sell or deliver a controlled substance, according to arrest warrants filed Monday.
Byrd worked as a detention officer at the Wake County jail, where he is now being held, a sheriff’s office spokesman said.
Sheriff’s investigators say the offenses happened in late July and last Wednesday.
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They say on July 28 Byrd conspired with James Bradley Bagley and Travis Waddell to smuggle five strips of Suboxone to Bagley. Suboxone is a medication used to treat opioid addiction.
Bagley, 33, has been in custody at the jail since June 23 on charges of trafficking opium or heroin, possession of methamphetamine and simple possession of a controlled substance. He was charged Sunday with possession of a controlled substance on jail premises, according to records filed with the City County Bureau of Identification.
Sheriff’s office spokesman John Dee Jones did not say if Waddell was a county employee or inmate at the facility.
Investigators say Byrd brought heroin to the jail on Wednesday and gave it to Bagley, according to the arrest warrants.
On Monday, Byrd made his first court appearance. He was outfitted in the orange-and-white striped clothing worn by inmates.
Byrd told Wake County District Court Judge Keith Gregory that he intended to hire his own attorney, but the judge denied his request to make a phone call while in custody. Apparently, the sheriff's office has requested that Bryd be denied phone privileges.
Gregory said Byrd could spend nearly 20 years in prison if he is convicted.
Byrd is being held at the detention center under a $500,000 bail.
Thomasi McDonald: 919-829-4533, @thomcdonald