BSO Deputy Facing Grand Theft Charges

Officer arrested for taking cash in undercover operation: Police

By Brian Hamacher
|  Friday, Sep 23, 2011  |  Updated 12:48 PM EDT
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BSO Deputy Facing Grand Theft Charges

Broward Sheriff's Office

Brent Wooddell

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A Broward Sheriff's Office deputy is facing grand theft and official misconduct charges after police say he stole cash from an undercover officer posing as a drug dealer.

Brent Wooddell, 37, was arrested Thursday night by members of the Broward Sheriff's Office Strategic Investigations Division working with Miami-Dade Police, according to a BSO arrest report.

The report said the undercover officer was given 1,000 Oxycodone pills and $7,340 in cash and made contact with Wooddell, a member of the BSO Selective Enforcement Team, in Deerfield Beach.

After Wooddell arrested the undercover officer on drug trafficking charges, he was seen taking a blue bag containing the pills and cash and placing it in his own car, the report said.

After a slight detour, Wooddell returned to the Deerfield Beach District Office, where he turned in the pills and cash for evidence, the report said.

But when the cash was counted, there was only $6,000, the report said.

Wooddell, a 10-year veteran of the BSO, was taken into custody. He was later released on bond and it was unknown whether he has an attorney.

He has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of an investigation, officials said.

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