Date: January 16, 2001 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact: Michal Shanley, 863 534-6631 or 819-0397 pager
Detention Deputy Arrested; Charged with Selling Drugs to Inmate

Following an undercover internal investigation, Polk County Sheriff's Office Detention Deputy David Ostojic was arrested this afternoon (Tuesday, January 16, 2001) for selling a controlled substance-Valium-to an inmate and to an undercover officer. 

Ostojic, DOB 3/11/71, is charged with the following: 1 count Sale of a Controlled Substance F3 1 count Introduction of Contraband into a Correctional Facility F3 2 counts Unlawful Compensation or Reward for Official Behavior F3. 

The investigation began after Detention personnel received information that Detention Deputy Ostojic allegedly was delivering contraband to inmates. Ostojic, who was hired in April of 1996 as a Detention Deputy, is assigned to the South County Jail facility near Frostproof. 

During the undercover investigation, Ostojic was observed delivering/selling 10 pills of Valium to an South County Jail inmate on Saturday, January 13, 2001. The delivery took place during visitation. Ostojic was paid $100 for 10 pills. (The pills were then recovered during the undercover investigation.) 

The investigation continued, and an undercover officer observed Ostojic again delivering another 10 pills to the inmate during visitation today (approximately 12 p.m. noon). Ostojic received $100 for the 10 pills. (The pills were again recovered.) 

At that time, the undercover officer arranged to purchase additional pills from Ostojic, and a meeting was set for this afternoon in the Winter Haven area. Ostojic met the undercover officer at approximately 5:15 p.m. today in a Winter Haven parking lot in order to sell the officer 9 tablets of Valium at $3 per pill. Ostojic was arrested without incident, and booked into the Polk County Jail. Ostojic had a prescription for Valium, and detectives believe this is how he obtained the pills. 

Ostojic will be suspended without pay pending the conclusion of an administrative review and investigation.

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