Monroe County deputy arrested on drug possession, distribution charges

Paul Nicholas Stewart
Paul Nicholas Stewart

Credit: Monroe County Sheriff's Office

Credit: Monroe County Sheriff's Office

A Monroe County deputy was jailed on felony drug charges Friday following an investigation by authorities in neighboring Butts County.

Paul Nicholas Stewart is charged with possessing controlled substances with the intent to distribute and using a communication facility in the commission of a felony involving a controlled substance, Monroe County Sheriff Brad Freeman wrote in a Facebook post.

“Unfortunately, this post is both sad and disappointing,” Freeman wrote. “One of my own, your own, has betrayed the trust we have placed in him.”

Details of Stewart’s arrest weren’t immediately available Saturday, but Freeman said he was contacted by the Butts County Sheriff’s Office after investigators there determined Stewart was involved in illegal drug activity.

“To make this worse, as if it could get any worse, he was wearing insignia identifying himself as a deputy with Monroe County during his illegal activity,” Freeman said.

Stewart is being held at the Butts County jail without bond, records show.

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