A former Wake County detention officer will spend 18 months behind bars after pleading guilty to providing an opioid treatment medication and heroin to an inmate.
Andrew Richard Byrd, 25, of Apex, pleaded guilty in Wake County Superior Court to two felony counts of providing drugs to an inmate and one felony count each for conspiring to deliver heroin and possession of a controlled substance on jail/prison premises, said Lorrin Freeman, the county’s district attorney, on Thursday.
Byrd was also ordered to serve two years of probation following the prison sentence for his involvement in bringing controlled substances into the Wake County Detention Center, Freeman said.
Byrd had no prior record.
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Sheriff’s investigators say that 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, had 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 also charged on Aug. 20 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 whether Waddell was a county employee or an inmate at the facility.
Investigators say Byrd brought heroin to the jail on Aug. 16 and gave it to Bagley, according to the arrest warrants.
Byrd was being held at the detention center where he formerly worked under a $500,000 bail before being sentenced Thursday.
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