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K-9 handler with Marion County Sheriff’s Office fired after drug arrest

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PLAINFIELD, Ind. (November 19, 2015) - A Marion County Sheriff’s deputy was arrested, accused of dealing drugs and being in possession of meth, marijuana and heroin.

For seven years, Jed Adams worked at the Marion County Sheriff’s office as a K-9 deputy. Now, he’s unemployed.

He was arrested in Plainfield after police say he was caught selling and possessing drugs.

“A confidential informant notified our investigators that they could buy marijuana off of a police officer,” said Captain Jill Lees of the Plainfield Police Department.

A private meeting was arranged by a police informant to buy drugs from Adams when he got off work late Wednesday night. When Adams arrived, in his Marion County squad car, dressed head to toe in his uniform, Plainfield Police officers were waiting.

“The officers that you talk to primarily get into this job because they want to make a difference, they want to help people, they’re good people, however sometimes you get people that make bad choices,” said Lees.

Found inside his squad car police say, was more pot, heroin, and meth. Adams spent the night in the Hendricks County Jail.

“It’s just sick. It makes me sick to hear of this to talk of this to see those detectives out there to what they have witnessed,” said Marion County Sheriff John Layton.

Layton wasted no time. He fired Adams just hours after his arrest.

“I’m not going to put up with it and that’s why the people of Marion County put me here, to be a watchdog in more ways than one,” said Layton.

Adams is facing charges of drug possession and official misconduct. He was arrested at around 1 a.m. Thursday morning but has since bonded out of the Hendricks County jail.