DOC: Drug suspect was state correctional officer

Published: Monday, January 9, 2012 at 4:32 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 9, 2012 at 4:32 p.m.

State officials have confirmed that one of two men arrested in a car last week with more than $12,000 worth of cocaine was working as a correctional officer.

Until Monday, Richard Demetric Mays, 26, of 314 SE 13th St., worked for the Florida Department of Corrections at the Levy Forestry Camp.

Prison spokeswoman Paula Bryant said the agency was in the process of firing Mays on Monday.

Mays and Chauncey Lequinte Presley, 32, of 4512 SW 74th Terrace, were charged with possession and trafficking cocaine Friday after the car they were in was pulled over by the Alachua County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said they wanted to check the window tint on the car. During the traffic stop, deputies said they found a half kilo of cocaine, which is about a pound and can fill a gallon-sized plastic bag.

Officials said the street value of the drug would have been between $12,000 and $13,000.

Mays and Presley were booked into the Alachua County jail. It was not immediately known how long Mays had worked for the prison system.

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