Federal drug charges filed against four DOC employees over steroids

Published: Tuesday, January 24, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 23, 2006 at 10:57 p.m.
Federal officials confirmed Monday that misdemeanor drug charges have been filed against the four Department of Corrections employees who were placed on administrative leave last week.
Those charged with one count of possession of steroids in Bradford County, stemming from incidents that occurred in August 2002, were Kevin Kennington of Lake City, a lieutenant at the South Florida Reception Center in Miami-Dade County, and Chuck Wilson of Starke, a sergeant at New River Correctional Institution in Raiford.
Stacey Lanier Green of Lake Butler, a sergeant at Lake Correctional Institution, was charged with possession of steroids for incidents that occurred in February 2003 in Bradford County.
Robert Combass of Jasper, a correctional officer at New River Correctional Institution, was charged with possession of steroids for incidents in Bradford County in August 2003.
The maximum penalty for the misdemeanor charge is one year in federal prison, according to Steve Cole, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office.
"We are doing a very thorough investigation that involves the Department of Corrections and we have already made some other arrests on steroid charges," Cole said, referring to five other men who had worked for the state prison system and previously pleaded guilty in federal court. "Even though these (new) cases are misdemeanors, we consider them serious and we want our investigation to be thorough."
All four men are expected to make their first court appearances at the federal courthouse in Jacksonville in February.

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