Authorities in North Carolina reportedly arrested one of their own on suspicion of planting drugs in a vehicle in an effort to frame the current boyfriend of his ex.
According to Fox News, the Anson County Sheriff’s Department began investigating Deputy David Scott Burroughs after he came forward last year with what he claimed was an anonymous tip about an individual selling drugs out of his vehicle.
“This started on a Sunday afternoon,” Sheriff Landric Reid said of the incident last May. “By Wednesday, when we made the stop, drugs were at the same place in the car.”
He described that fact as a “red flag because anyone selling drugs wouldn’t have them Sunday to Wednesday in the same place.”
After passing on their suspicions to the State Bureau of Investigation, the latter agency took over the investigation and determined that Burroughs bought heroin and methamphetamine with the intention of planting the narcotics in the victim’s car, as reported by the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The deputy was allegedly targeting the man — who was not named in initial police reports — for dating his ex-girlfriend.
“This was a revenge case where he planted drugs in this male’s car,” the sheriff added. “This male was dating his ex, and he wanted revenge, and he wanted his ex-girlfriend back.”
At the time the probe into the allegations began, Burroughs was fired from his job at the agency. Following his arrest, he was booked into jail and released after posting bond.
He is set to appear in court again next week.
[Featured image: David Scott Burroughs, Anson County Sheriff’s Department]