Florida Man: I Spent 41 Days in Jail Because Deputy ‘Falsely’ Claimed Detergent Was Heroin.
Florida man Matthew Crull is free from jail, and he shouldn’t have been there in the first place. He spent 41 days in a Martin County jail, but was released. Crull and 10 other people have been let go from jail because now-former Martin County Deputy Steven O’Leary was accused of falsely testing material as narcotics, leading to their arrests.
Crull told WPTV that he has been in jail before, but for nothing like this.
“In the past, when I have gone to jail, it’s been something where I knew I wasn’t going to be there forever,” he said. “It’s a lot different than going to jail and the charge of trafficking of heroin carries a penalty of 25 years in prison.”
He said he was sleeping in his van, parked at a KFC after drinking from a Budweiser. Crull was arrested after investigators found this in the inside of his door: white powder located in plastic and wrapped with a hair-tie. O’Leary claimed he tested it as heroin. It wasn’t, prosecutors say. more
STUART, Fla. (CBS12) — A deputy with the Martin County Sheriff’s Office has been terminated.
Sheriff William Snyder identified the deputy as Steven O’Leary, who had been on a probationary status with the sheriff’s office since his hiring in February 2018.
Snyder said O’Leary recently made three narcotics arrests and claimed the field tests showed the presence of narcotics.
However, Snyder said the crime lab tests showed no presence of narcotics.
One substance turned out to be a powder used to treat headaches, the other turned out to be a sand-based material, Snyder said.
As a result of the discrepancies, Snyder said the sheriff’s office released nine individuals arrested by O’Leary on narcotics charges. MORE