Sheriff’s deputy arrested for drugs

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 6, 2005

A Shelby County Sheriff’s deputy was arrested last week for the distribution of performance enhancing drugs.

Brandon Lee O’Dazier, 26, was charged with two counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was booked and then released on bond set at a total of $26,000.

“I am disappointed,” Shelby County Sheriff Chris Curry said, “as is every employee of the Shelby County Sheriff’s office that a member of the law enforcement community would violate the trust given to us by the public.”

O’Dazier, who lives in the Pea Ridge community, was arrested following an investigation by the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force and the Alabama Bureau of Investigation.

Curry said O’Dazier had been with the department since December 2002 and that he was immediately terminated as an officer following his arrest.

“We will not tolerate any behavior that fails to live up to our principles of integrity, honor and courage,” Curry said.

The sheriff also noted that his office has a strict drug testing policy in place that randomly tests employees.

“However,” Curry said. “The test utilized in the past did not detect steroids. In the future, that protocol will be changed to include testing for steroids.”