Pinellas deputy fired after charged with pawning service gun, stealing drugs

Posted at 5:45 PM, Oct 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-13 23:39:54-04

A Pinellas County deputy was arrested Wednesday after he was accused of selling his service revolver at a pawn shop and removing drugs intended to be destroyed.

Steven Jared Smith, 32, was taken into custody about 5 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. He was fired following the arrest.

Smith sold his sheriff's office registered Glock 30 .45-caliber pistol for $250 at Silver Dollar Pawn Shop in New Port Richey, authorities said. He received $250 for the firearm valued at $450.

Investigators say Smith also took several bottles of hydrocodone he was suppose to destroy for his personal use. 

Smith was charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance and two counts of grand theft. Smith posted bail and was released from the Pinellas County Jail at about 3 a.m. Thursday.