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Former sheriff’s deputy pleads not guilty to taking bribes to smuggle drugs into Holding Center

A former sheriff’s deputy accused of taking a bribe to smuggle drugs into the Erie County Holding Center pleaded not guilty Friday morning when he was arraigned in Erie County Court.

Adam Fiegl, 32, or Orchard Park is charged with receiving a bride in the third degree, introducing prison contraband and possession of a controlled substance, all class D felonies, and misdemeanor conspiracy.

Fiegl allegedly was given $200 to provide Suboxone pills to inmates. Suboxone is used to treat opiate addiction but also is abused by drug addicts. Deputies provided with a search warrant found about 20 pills in Fiegl’s jacket, according to the District Attorney’s Office. He was arrested in April.

Fiegl, who was suspended without pay from his job with the Erie County Sheriff’s Office after his arrest, has since been fired. He remains free on $15,000 bail. Judge David Foley set a pretrial conference for July 15. Assistant District Attorney Paul E. Bonanno is prosecuting the case.