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Former Crockett deputy sheriff indicted on drug charges

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A sealed indictment, signed by 28th Judicial District Attorney General Garry Brown was presented to the Crockett County Grand Jury on January 24, resulting in the arrest of a former Crockett County Sheriffs’ Deputy on drug related charges.

Matthew Berry, Photo courtesy of the Crockett County Sheriffs’ Department

Matthew Berry was arrested in September 2019 on federal charges of possessing child pornography. Following his arrest, Crockett County Sheriffs’ Department (CCSD) Investigator Joseph Evans was conducting a routine inventory of Berry’s department vehicle and discovered a brown evidence package in the passenger floorboard. The package contained gloves, a black zipper case, digital scales, a white substance and 5.8 grams of a substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine. At that time, the CCSD began reviewing all of Berry’s case files to ensure evidence noted as collected was accounted for accurately.

The Crockett County Grand Jury indicted Berry on schedule II methamphetamine possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver .5 grams or over.

According to Crockett County Sheriff, Troy Klyce, Berry turned himself in to the CCSD on Monday, February 3.

His bond was set at $50,000. However, upon petition by Berry’s attorney Nathan Spencer the bond was reduced to $25,000.

Berry posted bail following his arrest.

“This is a result of the combined efforts of Crockett County Sheriff’s Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” said Klyce. “The narcotics investigation was investigated by our office.”

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