A Florida sheriff known for his tough stance on illegal drugs arrested his own daughter on Monday in connection with a meth bust.
Sheriff A.J. “Tony” Smith, of Franklin County, Florida, was alerted to his adult daughter Kristen Kent’s alleged involvement in illegal drugs after a meth-trafficking suspect name-dropped her during a line of questioning. And when authorities set up a “controlled buy” to purportedly catch her in the act, the 38-year-old sheriff’s daughter allegedly showed up with drugs.
“It’s heartbreaking,” Smith told local news station WMBB. “The last person you ever want to arrest is one of your family members, especially your child. I mean, it’s like you can’t even put it into words. I don’t think it’s anything you wish on your worst enemy to do something like this.”
Kent has been charged with trafficking amphetamines, possession of drug equipment, and possession of cocaine. Another woman, Bailey Adaire Lee, 25, was arrested in the same investigation with two counts of amphetamine trafficking.
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