Pa. sheriff wants drug tests after deputy’s arrest

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A southwestern Pennsylvania county sheriff has announced a zero-tolerance policy for drug users and hopes to require mandatory drug tests for his staff after a newly-hired deputy was arrested on heroin possession charges and resigned.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ( ) says Westmoreland County Sheriff Jonathan Held’s comments come after Wednesday’s arrest of 24-year-old Erika Ditch, of Greensburg. Undercover Pittsburgh police say they found Ditch and a friend doing heroin in a car parked in a department store lot on Wednesday.

The union representing deputies in the county based 30 miles east of Pittsburgh says it is negotiating a possible drug testing policy with the county. The county’s jail guards, park police and probation officers are already drug-tested.


Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

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