Vance deputy facing drug charge fired
Posted October 10, 2008 2:35 p.m. EDT
Updated October 10, 2008 3:51 p.m. EDT
Henderson, N.C. — A Vance County deputy charged with a drug offense has been fired, authorities said.
Deputy Anthony William Griffin, 24, who had worked with the Vance County Sheriff's Office since August 2007, was stopped at about 3 a.m. Thursday because a Henderson police officer said he had run a red light on North Cooper Drive at Dabney Drive, authorities said.
The officer found one Oxycontin pill, a painkiller that has become a popular illegal narcotic, inside Griffin's car, authorities said.
Sheriff Peter White fired Griffin after the arrest, saying in a statement that "any behavior that constitutes a violation of the law is unacceptable and will not be tolerated."