Coffee Co. jailer arrested in drug sting

Coffee Co. jailer arrested in drug sting

DOUGLAS, GA (WALB) - A former jailer in the Coffee County Sheriff's Office has lost his job and his freedom, after a drug sting that happened Tuesday in Douglas.

Agents with the Douglas-Coffee Drug Unit (DCDU) arrested 26-year-old Cory Brent Harrelson on two felony charges in a sting operation, after learning he approached a former inmate, and tried to buy Methadone, a controlled substance.

DCDU agents observed the transaction, and arrested Harrelson,  after determining he solicited and purchased the Schedule II controlled substance.

"It has always been my policy since my time in office to hold each and every employee of the Coffee County Sheriff's Office 100% accountable for their actions," Sheriff Doyle Wooten said. "Having the authority and legal ability to enforce laws in the State of Georgia comes with a high level of accountability to those who trust us to serve. Officer Harrelson's decision to break the very laws he swore to uphold, while unfortunate, cannot go overlooked. Behavior like this from any member of this office has never been tolerated, nor will it ever be."

Harrelson was fired from the sheriff's office, booked into the Coffee County Jail Tuesday afternoon, and subsequently transferred to another facility.

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