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Wake sheriff's daughter faces drug trafficking charge

Three people, including the daughter of Wake County's sheriff, have been arrested on charges of drug trafficking, the Johnston County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.

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Paula Gail Harrison
SMITHFIELD, N.C. — Three people, including the daughter of Wake County's sheriff, have been arrested on charges of drug trafficking, the Johnston County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.

Justin Devon Bryant, 17, Ryan Taylor Moore, 17, both of Clayton, and Paula Gail Harrison, 42, of Raleigh, were arrested Thursday on charges of trafficking prescription pills.

Johnston County spokeswoman Tammy Amaon said the three allegedly were in possession of a large quantity of oxycodone that is believed to have been stolen from a Clayton home on April 18.

Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison confirmed Tuesday that Paula Harrison is his daughter.

"I don't have all the facts in this case. It has happened so quickly," he said in a statement. "I certainly support and love my daughter and have faith in our judicial system."

Paula Harrison faces four counts of trafficking in opiates or heroin, one count of possession with intent to sell, one count of maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for selling a controlled substance and one count of Schedule 2 controlled substance violation.

Bryant faces one count of trafficking opiates or heroin and one count of conspiracy to sell or deliver a Schedule 2 controlled substance.

Moore faces one count of consuming alcohol under 19 and two counts of trafficking opium or heroin.

The three are out of jail on bond, Amaon said.

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