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Former deputy pleads guilty to drug charge

A former sheriff’s deputy who had been accused of smuggling opiates to inmates in the Erie County Holding Center pleaded guilty this week to one misdemeanor count of criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Adam Fiegl, 32, of Orchard Park entered his plea before Erie County Judge David Foley. In exchange, the judge dismissed felony counts of accepting a bribe and introducing dangerous prison contraband – charges Fiegl would have faced had his case gone to trial.

Fiegl was arrested in April after deputies executing a search warrant found Suboxone pills in Fiegl’s coat pocket when he reported for work. He allegedly was bringing the opiates to inmates in exchange for $200.

Fiegl, who had worked for the Sheriff’s Office since 2013, was suspended from his job without pay following his arrest and as part of the plea agreement was allowed to resign.

Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 30. Fiegl remains free on $15,000 bond.

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