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Two Erie County deputies fired

Charles P. Hunt Jr. and Eric Stevens, the two Erie County sheriff’s deputies arrested Saturday following a month-long investigation by the Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit, were fired Monday afternoon, according to Undersheriff Mark N. Wipperman.

Wipperman said disciplinary hearings were held Monday morning for both deputies who came in with labor union representatives, but afterward “the sheriff and I consulted and decided this was the best course of action.”

Hunt, 49, was arrested Saturday at the Erie County Holding Center in downtown Buffalo and Stevens, 33, of Cheektowaga, was arrested after he completed his shift Saturday at the Erie County Correctional Facility in Alden.

Both were jailed overnight until their arraignments Sunday in Buffalo City Court, but they are currently free on $25,000 bail each pending further court action in the case, Wipperman said.

Hunt of Buffalo is charged with first-degree possession of dangerous contraband in prison and a misdemeanor charge of criminal possession of marijuana. Stevens is charged with a felony count of introducing contraband into a prison.

Wipperman said the investigation into the alleged actions of both suspects is continuing.

Hunt, Stevens and their attorneys could not be reached to comment.