Wake County Detention Center worker fired after selling drugs to inmates, authorities say

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A Wake County detention officer was fired when he was arrested on various charges including providing drugs to inmates, officials said.

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Andrew Richard Byrd, 25, of Lemon Drop Circle in Apex was arrested early Sunday.

Byrd was terminated Saturday night from his position as a Wake County Detention Officer, said Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison.

Byrd is charged with possession of controlled substance on jail premises and providing drugs to inmate, according to jail records.

He is also charged with heroin possession and conspire to sell/deliver schedule I controlled substance.

Byrd is being held on a $500,000 bond. His first court appearance is scheduled for Monday.

On August 31, the Wake County District Attorney’s Office said Byrd pleaded guilty to four felony charges and was sentenced to 18 months in prison. He will then have two years probation.

He pleaded guilty to providing drugs to an inmate, conspire to deliver heroin, possession of a controlled substance on jail premises, and providing drugs to an inmate.

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