Crime & Courts

York sheriff’s officer arrested on drug charge

An off-duty detention officer with the York County Sheriff’s Office has been accused of selling prescription drugs in a Rock Hill park, authorities said.

The sheriff’s office said John Thomas Strait, 30, was arrested Friday and charged with distribution of Alprazolam and distribution of Alprazolam in the proximity of a park. Strait has been fired, the sheriff’s office said.

Officers with the York County Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit said they had been tipped off that a York County detention officer was selling the drugs. Investigators said agents arrested Strait at a park in the 900 block of South Cherry Road. He was released later under $5,000 bond.

Strait had worked with the sheriff’s office for 10 years and was a sergeant at the county’s detention center.

“We expect our employees at the sheriff’s office to maintain the highest levels of integrity, character and honor, on or off duty,” Sheriff Bruce Bryant said. “This former detention officer violated all three of those values we hold dear, including the public trust.”