Ex-San Diego Sheriff’s Deputy Pleads Guilty to Bringing Cocaine to Jail

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A former San Diego County sheriff’s deputy who had cocaine in his car at a county jail pleaded guilty this week to a felony count of possessing drugs on jail property.

Allen Wereski, 49, was arrested earlier this year on allegations of bringing drugs to the Vista Detention Facility.

Following his arrest in February, the department said he was suspended without pay. Sheriff’s Lt. David LaDieu said Friday that Wereski “separated from employment with the sheriff’s department on Feb. 10, 2023,” one week after his arrest.

LaDieu said peace officer personnel privacy laws prevented the department from disclosing any other information regarding his separation from the department.

Wereski remains out of custody pending his January sentencing hearing.

His arrest was the second of a San Diego County sheriff’s deputy this year related to drugs. Cory Richey, a deputy who stole prescription medication from a drop-off box at a patrol station, later pleaded guilty and was sentenced last month to two years of probation

Updated at 12:55 p.m. Oct. 20, 2023

–City News Service