AG: Washington Co. Deputy sheriff arrested on drug charges

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PITTSBURGH - A Washington County Deputy sheriff was arrested Tuesday on prescription drug charges, according to Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

Kane said agents arranged a controlled purchase of Suboxone, a schedule III narcotic used to treat addiction to opioids, especially heroin.

Deputy Sheriff Matthew Miller was taken into custody following a controlled purchase conducted by agents, with the assistance of the McDonald Police Department, and charged with one count of delivery of Suboxone, one count of possession with the intent to deliver Suboxone, one count of possession of Suboxone and one count of criminal use of a communications facility.

"We are seeing people from all walks of life diverting drugs illegally to make a profit," Kane said. "Unfortunately, Pennsylvania's prescription drug monitoring program only collects data on schedule II narcotics such as OxyContin, Percocet and fentanyl. There is no means to track other, highly-addictive schedule III, IV and V controlled substances."

Miller, 29, is currently being held in the Washington County Prison in lieu of $500,000 bail.