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South Carolina Deputy Arrested for Alleged Drug Trafficking into Detention Center; Apprehended and Booked into Same Facility

South Carolina Deputy Arrested for Alleged Drug Trafficking into Detention Center; Apprehended and Booked into Same Facility

An officer at a detention facility in South Carolina was arrested on Wednesday morning as he reported for duty, and subsequently booked back into the same facility, according to officials.

The facility is the Spartanburg County Detention Facility. The deputy is from Chesnee and is identified as Joey Ghant. The 40-year-old deputy is facing charges of misconduct in office and taking bribes, or influence action of a public employee, according to warrants.

Following Ghant’s arrest, Sheriff Chuck Wright made a point to discuss the investigation, emphasizing the importance of transparency. “It is regrettable to address the situation where we have apprehended one of our own engaging in unacceptable behavior,” expresses Wright.

Lt. Kevin Bobo, of the Spartanburg Sheriff’s Office, stated that the inquiry into Ghant commenced approximately three weeks ago. This occurred when Sheriff Chuck Wright’s recently established Office of Professional Standards, in collaboration with the Narcotics Division, launched an Internal Affairs investigation.

According to Bobo, there were suspicions of a detention deputy smuggling illegal substances into the Spartanburg County Detention Facility.

According to Bobo, evidence revealed that Ghant received money from an undercover agent with the intention of potentially bringing illegal substances or prohibited items into the Detention Facility and distributing them to the inmates.

Sheriff Wright expressed his strong disapproval of breaking the law and bringing dishonor to the badge. “I’m extremely frustrated with this, and we won’t accept this behavior regardless of your identity,” he states.

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The warrants indicate that the crimes occurred from May 9 to May 28.

Ghant was taken into custody at the Spartanburg County Detention Facility on Wednesday morning when he arrived for his upcoming shift, according to Bobo.

According to Wright, Ghant has been fired from his job and has been taken into custody at the Spartanburg County Detention Facility. “This incident does not align with the values and principles upheld by the Sheriff’s Office,” he states.

According to Wright, Ghant has been booked at the Spartanburg County Detention Facility. However, if he is unable to make bail, he will be transferred to Cherokee County for his own safety.

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