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Former Child Services investigator charged with dealing cocaine, heroin

February 21, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Former Child Services investigator charged with dealing cocaine, heroin

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A former Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) employee is now behind bars for selling drugs out of her home in Mulberry.

Laymeshia Hicks has been employed as a child protective investigator for Florida Department of Children and Families since 2015. She was terminated from her post after DCF discovered that the Polk County Sheriff’s Office issued an arrest warrant.

“She was letting her 3-year-old child live in the house where they were dealing drugs,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said Monday. “Are you kidding me? Come on, what is wrong with you?”

Polk County investigators recovered 200 grams of cocaine and 28 grams of heroin inside the home after responding to a home invasion robbery on Friday.

According to authorities, two armed men broke into the home and forced two teens inside to get on the ground while they raided the place, WFLA reported.

“When you see guns and drugs, you see home invasion robberies and burglaries,” Sheriff Judd said.

Hicks’ fiance, Xzaiveous Scott, permitted detectives to search the house after Friday’s robbery but fled and he has not been seen since.

“At that time, we thought he was a victim of a home invasion,” Sheriff Judd added. “Turns out, he ran because he knew we were going to find drugs.”

PCSO officials continue their hunt for Scott and the burglary suspects.

Hicks turned herself into police on Monday and is facing several charges including trafficking heroin, cocaine, and maintaining a structure for drug use.

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