BREAKING: Tip Leads to Detention Deputy’s Arrest on Drug Charges
BROOKSVILLE – According to officials, Vice and Narcotics Detectives with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office received a tip that a Detention Deputy at the County Jail was involved in illegal drug activity.
During the investigation, a controlled narcotics transaction was arranged with a confidential informant. The deputy’s girlfriend, 23-year-old Jean Marie Hoek, solicited the informant to sell 10 Oxycodone (30 mg.) to her.
At the arranged time and place, Hoek and her boyfriend, identified as 41-year-old Mitchell Sim (Detention Deputy) arrived in a Nissan Frontier pickup truck, driven by Sim. The informant made contact with Hoek and sold her the Oxycodone for $250. The informant then turned her/his attention to Sim and asked if he needed any pills. Sim said he did not have any money because he just bought his new truck.
Detectives converged on the truck – placing Hoek and Sim into custody.
During an interview, Sim admitted to detectives that it was his money used to purchase the pills. Hoek confirmed that information during her interview.
Sim is charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and is eligible for a $2,000 bond. It is unknown if Sim remains behind bars, due to law enforcement policy preventing public access to information on employees.
Hoek is charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Paraphernalia. She remains behind bars held on a $3,000 bond. Hoek has a long history of arrests dating back to 2010; they include drug charges, fraud, and probation violations.
Sheriff’s Nienhuis said in a statement “I am outraged and disappointed in the behavior of this individual. His actions unfairly hurt the stellar reputations of his fellow Detention Deputies. The public can rest assured that although these situations are embarrassing, I will never shy away from transparency or from holding my people accountable.”
The investigation continues, according to officials.
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