Bradford deputy resigns after drug charges

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- A traffic stop in Gainesville Sunday morning has led to drug charges for a Bradford County sheriff's deputy.

On Monday, he resigned.

A vehicle driven by Corian Antonio Garrison was stopped about 4 a.m. Sunday when a Gainesville police officer saw it making an improper right turn, according to an arrest report. Police said Garrison, 25, was not wearing a seat belt.

Police said both the vehicle and Garrison smelled of marijuana. A bag containing roughly a gram and a half of marijuana was found in Garrison's pants, according to the report.

"It is important to note that (Garrison) is a Bradford County Deputy who had his credentials and service weapon with him at the time of this traffic stop," the report said.

During a search of the vehicle, the officer found a marijuana blunt tucked inside the sunglasses holder along an envelope carrying a variety of pills, including the narcotic painkiller hydrocodone, according to the report.

His cousin had given him the marijuana hours earlier, Garrison allegedly told police. But, according to the report, he said he had gotten the the pills from a "friend of a friend" who works as a nurse at the Bradford County Jail. At the time, Garrison did not have a prescription for the pills.

Garrison faces a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance and a misdemeanor charge of possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, the report said.

BCSO says no investigation was initiated due to Garrison's resignation.


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