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New details: Deputy's roommate charged in drug investigation

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - A Pitt County deputy spent his morning in court after turning himself into authorities.

9 On Your Side was the first to report Detective Tyler Bryan was fired after being charged with obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

We know Bryan worked closely with doctors and a pharmacist to curb the crime of misusing drugs. And the sheriff's office says a local healthcare provider reported him.

Court records say Bryan walked into the Walgreens on Winterville Parkway on November 1, 2013. The warrant says he picked 41 units of Percocet on that day, but came back two days later claiming he was shorted 41 units. Pharmacists gave Bryan the pills and later found out during an audit that he was lying.

The SBI conducted an investigation into the matter and arrested him. Monday, Sheriff Neil Elks said that's normal protocol.
   
Also charged in connection to the incident is 31-year-old Paul Arnold, Bryan's roommate. His arrest stems from doctor shopping for Oxycodone in at least 2 different instances.

Arnold is charged with 2 felony counts of obtaining controlled substances by prescription. He visited several area drug stores, including the CVS on Firetower Road in Greenville.

In a statement Arnold admits to going to the emergency room 25 times in the last several months with different complaints. He received pain pills during each visit---sometimes name dropping Bryan as his roommate and a drug diversion investigator.
Arnold told investigators Bryan brought home 5 to 6 large amounts of prescription medications from medicine drop boxes from around the county. He says Bryan claimed the pills were not evidence and not being tracked.

9 On Your Side asked Sheriff Elks in a news conference if  Bryan’s position or expertise in drug diversion helped him commit this crime. He says no.

Both men are out on bond and are expected before a judge in the coming months.
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Pitt County Sheriff Neil Elks spoke to 9 On Your Side following the arrest and firing of one of his detectives, Tyler Bryan.

"This situation is bad," Sheriff Elks said. "We do not tolerate behavior like this. It's very important for us that we maintain the trust of our community and let us know that we are going to do the right thing. If one of our officers is involved in a situation, then we will handle it properly."

A 9 On Your Side reporter also went to former detective Bryan's house.

A man in the house screamed at the reporter through the window to go away.

Neighbors of Bryan's tell 9 On Your Side he was a nice man.

One neighbor was shocked over the allegations.

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A Pitt County Sheriff's deputy is arrested and fired following a SBI investigation.

The State Bureau of Investigation confirms they arrested and charged Detective Tyler Bryan, 33, with obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. The agency's public information officer says the SBI's Diversion and Environmental Crimes Unit made the arrest.

This arrest stems from a complaint filed with the Pitt County Sheriff's Office on March 7th. A spokesperson says the complaint came from a local healthcare provider.

Detectives contacted the provider, presented the evidence to Sheriff Neil Elks and on March 10th; the Sheriff then handed over the investigation to the SBI.

As of Friday, March 21, Bryan was placed on administrated leave with pay.
     
According to an old release Bryan worked hand and hand with doctors and pharmacist to address the misuse of prescription drugs. Bryan has been a the PCSO for 11 years and now serves a major crimes detective.

Monday afternoon Bryan was released from the Pitt County Jail under an unsecured bond. Sheriff Neil Elks released this statement: “The policy of PCSO is to call in the SBI to investigate any employee, family members of employees, or close friends,” Sheriff Elks stated.  “This is the best way to continue to remain transparent.”

“As I have stated many times, law enforcement officers are held to a higher standard as entrusted servants of the community,” Elks continued.  “We are not above the law, and when we break laws, we should be held accountable.” 

Authorities also arrested Bryan's roommate in connection to their investigation. At this time, his name and charges are unknown. 

9 On Your Side will continue to follow this and bring you more on this developing story.
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