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December 2-- Randy Strickland, 55, a former Pierce County, Georgia Deputy Sheriff, pled guilty last week before United States District Court Judge William T. Moore, Jr. for his role in trafficking methamphetamine.

According to the evidence presented during his guilty plea hearing, Strickland agreed to act as “security” for individuals he believed were dealing meth, by acting as the lookout. 

Strickland’s drug activities occurred while he was in uniform and armed, and while he was driving his police vehicle.  After receiving information about Strickland’s apparent criminal activities, Pierce County Sheriff Ramsey Bennett immediately requested federal law enforcement assistance. 

As a result, Strickland’s last “security detail” was for a confidential informant and under the watchful eyes of several federal agents.  On that occasion, Strickland agreed to act as the lookout for who he believed to be a drug dealer selling ounces of methamphetamine.  Shortly after receiving his charged fee of $100, which at Strickland’s direction was placed in a potato chip bag on the side of a road, Strickland was arrested by federal authorities.

Strickland faces up to 20 years in prison for his conviction.  There is no parole in the federal system.  Strickland’s sentencing will be scheduled after the U.S. Probation Office completes a presentence investigation report.