Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department Responds to Deputy Arrest

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A Raleigh County Sheriff’s deputy has resigned after being arrested by one of his own men on drug charges. 

He was reportedly under the influence of pills and crashed a deputy cruiser vehicle. 

Sgt. Roger Richmond of the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department was found passed out in the vehicle around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 31 in Shady Spring. 

Richmond reportedly crashed his vehicle into the embankment across the street from the Liberty gas station on U.S. Route 19 South. When other Raleigh County Sheriff’s deputies drove up a mile and a half from the crash scene to Shady Spring Middle School, they saw Richmond unconscious in the heavily damaged cruiser. 

“They went out there and found Sgt. Richmond in what they believe to be an intoxicated state,” Capt. Larry Lilly of the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department said. “They observed evidence to lend credence to that belief that he was intoxicated.”

Richmond was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of a schedule four controlled substance. Deputies say they found blue Xanax pills, a straw, a dollar bill with blue residue on it and blue powder on the front seat of the driver’s side of the cruiser.

“It appeared there was drug abuse,” Lilly said. “The powder and there were some pills recovered to be, I believe some generic form of Xanax.” 

Now a Shady Spring resident who lives next to the middle school says he questions the reliability of deputies in Raleigh County. He requested to be kept anonymous.

“It concerns me a whole lot because you know we have kids running around here and in the school lot,” the man said. “It’s a shame. It’s a dirty shame that an officer that’s supposed to uphold the law condemn to drugs.”

But Lilly says the Sheriff’s Department handled the incident properly. After his arrest, Richmond resigned from his title as sergeant.     

“This is something he has to be held accountable for,” Lilly said. “And I think the evidence that we do hold our deputies accountable is the fact that he was arrested. He was charged with this, that he did lose his job over this.”

Richmond was not injured in the crash. He was released on a $2,500 bond, and his court date is pending.

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