Deputy pleads not guilty to drug charge

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A Summit County Sheriff’s deputy pleaded not guilty Monday to drug charges.

Darrell Joy, 41, entered the pleas to a misdemeanor charge of possessing marijuana and a traffic violation.

Reports say Joy was apprehended at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday after officers stopped him on Market Street in Youngstown for missing a front license plate.

Officers found baggies of marijuana in his shirt and pants pockets and a gun in the car. Joy, reports say, showed officers his Summit County Sheriff’s identification badge and told them he was a police officer.

He told police he found both bags of marijuana at an event he attended and took them from the kids.

A Summit County Sheriff’s official confirmed to police that Joy was a deputy but that he had been on leave for over a year due to an injury.

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