TATTNALL CO., GA (WTOC) - A former Tattnall County sheriff's Deputy Ramsey Collins Arnold, 26, of Claxton, pleaded guilty last week to dealing methamphetamine.
In July 2011, Arnold stole an approximately 185 grams of meth that had been seized by law enforcement as part of a drug investigation, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Arnold later traded the stolen meth on the street for Oxycodone for his own personal use.
"Police corruption, drug related or otherwise, leaves a permanent stain on the record of good works of our law enforcement community. Defendant Arnold's conduct was deplorable and without justification. He stole evidence needed for the prosecutions of other defendants and then used that evidence to engage in the drug trade. Defendants, law enforcement officers or others, who enter into the world of drug dealing will be given sanctuary within the Federal Bureau of Prisons," said United States Attorney Edward J. Tarver in a statement.
Arnold faces up to 20 years in federal prison, a fine of up to $1 million and at least three years supervised release.
A sentencing date will be scheduled after the U.S. Probation Office does a presentence investigation, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.