Date: February 26, 2004 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Carrie Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856, Pager

Polk County Deputy Sheriff Arrested On Federal Drug Charges

The federal grand jury of the Northern District of Florida in Gainesville handed down an indictment on Tuesday, Feb. 24th, and a warrant was issued yesterday for the arrest of 37-year-old Roderick Myron Stevenson, a Polk County Sheriff's COPs (Community Oriented Policing) Deputy, for Conspiracy to Distribute in Excess of 50 Grams Crack-Cocaine. Stevenson was taken into custody without incident today, February 26, 2004,  at his home in Winter Haven, and will be booked into the Hillsborough County Jail under federal custody.

Stevenson has been a Deputy Sheriff since 1993, and was most recently assigned to the Florence Villa area COPs station, under the Northeast District Command. The charges against him stem from a large-scale ongoing investigation by the Polk County Sheriff's Office, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Multi-Agency Drug Task Force out of Gainesville. The investigation, started over a year ago and targeting a large crime organization, has already resulted in 39 arrests, and continues.

For further information, please contact Frank Williams, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, at 352-378-0996.

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