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Former DEU agents Robbie Byrd, far left, and Brandon Strickland, far right, make an arrest earlier this year at an active meth lab along Highway 702.
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Former DEU agents Robbie Byrd, far left, and Brandon Strickland, far right, make an arrest earlier this year at an active meth lab along Highway 702.
Brian King
Staff Writer

Two agents of the Greenwood County Drug Enforcement Unit have resigned after an internal investigation found that that the agents violated the “policies, practices and directives” of the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office, according to a release from Greenwood County Sheriff Tony Davis.


According to the statement, Davis accepted the resignations of Brandon Strickland and Robbie Byrd late Thursday afternoon.


The specific reasons for the resignations are not mentioned in the statement. However, a previous statement from Davis dated October 15 indicated that two separate investigations involving the two agents were ongoing.


One investigation was a probe being conducted by State Law Enforcement Division into possible criminal activity involving DEU agents. The second investigation, Davis said, was internal probe into financial transactions which appeared to have violated the “policies, practices and directives” of GCSO.


No criminal charges have been filed at this time, according to court records.


John Long, officer in charge of professional standards at GCSO, said the SLED investigation is still ongoing into potential criminal activity, but declined to comment on whether or not criminal charges would be pursued as the result of the internal investigation.


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