‘Brazen betrayal of public trust’: Former Lake City police officer accused of having drugs on duty

‘Brazen betrayal of public trust’: Former Lake City police officer accused of having drugs on duty
Kasey Gibbons (Source: Florence County Detention Center)

LAKE CITY, S.C. (WMBF) – A Lake City police officer was on the job for a week before being arrested and accused of having drugs while on duty, according to city leaders.

Lake City administrator Stephany Snowden announced that 33-year-old Kasey Gibbons was arrested on Monday and charged with unlawful possession of a schedule IV-controlled substance while on duty at the police department.

Gibbons was found in possession of Alprazolam (also known as Xanax), a drug used to treat anxiety and panic disorders, according to Snowden.

Leaders said that Gibbons had passed a pre-employment drug screening and had been employed as an officer on Nov. 2, 2020.

“The City has zero tolerance when it comes to this type of activity as it is a brazen betrayal of public trust and places fellow officers in harms way,” Snowden said in a Facebook post.

Snowden added that she hopes that if Gibbons has a substance use disorder that she receive the treatment that she needs.

Gibbons was immediately terminated and arrested. She was taken to the Florence County Detention Center and was released on a personal recognizance bond.

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