Port St. Lucie Deputy Arrested on Drug Charges

PORT ST. LUCIE, FLA – A St. Lucie County Deputy was arrested on drug charges Friday, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

Deputy Heather Tucker will face felony charges in front of a judge. The deputy is charged with marijuana possession over 20 grams and marijuana possession with intent to sell. She is also charged with possessing drug equipment, a misdemeanor. Tucker could face additional charges depending on the outcome of the ongoing investigation.

According to the Sheriff, an anonymous tip was received by the department that linked Tucker to criminal drug activity. An investigation was launched and a search warrant was obtained. On Friday, that search warrant was served and Tucker’s apartment was investigated by detectives.

What was found in the apartment was not immediately known, but information released detailed that Tucker along with Kristopher Goodner, 29; Ayla Clanton, 27; and Jeffrey Barden, 28 were all arrested as a result of the warrant. Both Tucker and Goodner were booked and released after posting $15,750 bond. Clanton and Barden were booked and released after posting $1,500 bond.

Tucker has been placed on unpaid administrative leave.

Mascara released a statement that said, “When the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office has to arrest one of our own, I and the members of the Sheriff’s Office feel heartbroken and disappointed. However, we must police our own to maintain the public’s trust and confidence and to ensure that only the most qualified wear the badge of the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office.”

For now, Tucker will be off of the streets and unable to perform her sworn duties. Whether or not she is permitted to return to her position could hinge on the outcome of future court appearances.

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