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Troup officer arrested for selling drugs to inmates

  • By Rebecca Leftwich
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  • Aug. 02, 2022 - 1:58 PM

Troup officer arrested for selling drugs to inmates


Steven Michael Crowder

A Troup County Sheriff’s Office detention officer has been arrested for allegedly supplying drugs to inmates at the Troup County Jail, authorities say.

An investigation revealed that Steven Michael Crowder, 23, sold narcotics to multiple inmates on “several occasions,” according to a statement issued by the TCSO Tuesday.

The month-long investigation into Crowder – who joined the sheriff’s office as a detention officer in January – began after allegations surfaced that Crowder was bringing drugs into the jail and being paid by a third party. Authorities said the investigation revealed he acted alone.

“After the lengthy and thorough investigation, we believe that Crowder was the only detention officer involved in this case,” the release stated.

Crowder is charged with four counts of violation of oath by a public officer, four counts of items prohibited for possession by inmates and one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

“Every person who joins our staff is held to a higher standard, and I personally tell each of them the consequences they will face should they make the choice to bring contraband in the jail or participate in criminal behavior,” Sheriff James Woodruff said.

Authorities said the inmates involved will also be charged.