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Former Pinellas deputy acquitted of drug charge

A former Pinellas County sheriff's deputy was found not guilty of stealing drugs from the sheriff's office on Tuesday.

Steven Jared Smith, 32, was arrested Oct. 12 and fired after being charged with one count of possession and two counts of grand theft. On Tuesday, a jury acquitted Smith of possession of a controlled substance. He still faces a fraud charge in Pasco County after he admitted to pawning his agency-issue .45-caliber pistol to Silver Dollar Pawn in New Port Richey.

Smith was hired at the Sheriff's Office in 2012 from the Baker County Sheriff's Office.

Former Pinellas deputy acquitted of drug charge 05/10/17 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 11:39am]
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