Florida Keys deputy accused of buying drugs while on duty
April 8, 2013|By Barbara Hijek, FloriDUH
Detectives busted Monroe County Sheriff's Deputy Jaime Miranda Saturday night after they say he purchased drugs from an undercover operative while on duty, according to anews release from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. Acting on information developed during an investigation, detectives arranged for a cooperating defendant to meet with Deputy Miranda at the Winn Dixie shopping center on Big Pine Key. Miranda was on duty, and in a marked patrol car at the time of the meeting, the release stated.
During the meeting, the cooperating defendant reportedly handed over 10 fake Oxycodone pills and Miranda allegedly agreed to pay him for the pills on Monday. Shortly after the transaction took place, a detective met with Miranda and searched his patrol car where he found 9 and one-quarter of the fake pills, and another 12 Hydromorphone pills in the glove compartment. A pipe was found in his pants pocket with pot residue in it, according to the Sheriff's Office. Deputies said Miranda 'fessed up to taking a part of one of the pills right after the transaction took place. He also admitted to taking the Hydromorphone pills from his aunt’s residence without her permission, the release stated. Deputy Miranda was charged with conspiracy to purchase narcotics, possession of synthetic narcotics, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked into jail. Miranda, 30, was hired by the Sheriff’s Office in 2008 and had been working as a road patrol deputy in the Lower Keys district.