Monroe County Deputy Jaime Miranda pulled into a Winn-Dixie parking lot Saturday night and left with a whole lot of beef -- the kind of beef that will get you a crapload of time in the joint. Miranda is accused of buying drugs from an informant, all while in uniform in his police car like Denzel Washington in Training Day.
Miranda was on duty Saturday night around 6:30 when he pulled into a Winn-Dixie parking lot on Big Pine Key, says Becky Herrin, a spokeswoman for the Monroe County Sheriff's Department.
Inside the lot, he took what he believed were ten oxycodone pills from a dealer and promised to pay up on Monday. What Miranda didn't know was that the man was an informant, planted in the lot on a tip to the department.
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When a sergeant later searched Miranda's cruiser, he found the ten pills, along with 12 hydromorphone pills and a pipe in Miranda's pants pocket that contained marijuana residue.
Miranda had been with the Lower Keys district since 2008, working as a road patrol deputy.
Now he's facing three felony charges -- conspiracy to purchase narcotics, possession of synthetic narcotics, and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription -- and one misdemeanor charge for possessing drug equipment.