Police chief arrests his own daughter in meth bust: 'It's heartbreaking'

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A sheriff has vowed that no one is exempt from the law after arresting his own daughter for trafficking meth.

On April 18, Franklin County Sheriff deputies carried out a "controlled buy" in Florida, which led to the arrest of Sheriff A.J. Smith's 38-year-old daughter.

Kristen Kent delivered two ounces of meth and was arrested, local news station WMBB reported.

"It’s heartbreaking, the last person you ever want to arrest is one of your family members, especially your child I mean it’s like you can’t even put it into words," Sheriff Smith said.

"I don’t think it’s anything you wish on your worst enemy to do something like this."

Sheriff AJ Smith and his own daughter Kristen Kent.
Sheriff AJ Smith arrested his own daughter Kristen Kent. Source: Facebook/Franklin County Sheriff's Office, A.J. "Tony" Smith, Sheriff

On Facebook, Sheriff Smith said Kent was arrested along with 25-year-old Bailey Adaire Lee.

Kent has been charged with trafficking methamphetamine of more than 14 grams, drug possession or use and possessing cocaine.

Lee was charged with trafficking methamphetamine.

Sheriff Smith is known for his tough stance on meth trafficking in the county, with his office using the slogan "We Don’t Meth Around", the Miami Herald reports.

"Methamphetamine does not discriminate and neither do we. It does not matter who you are — no one is immune or exempt," Sheriff Smith said.

Meth seized during the arrest.
Kristen Kent and Bailey Adaire Lee were arrested following a narcotics investigation. Source: Facebook/Franklin County Sheriff's Office, A.J. "Tony" Smith, Sheriff

He said his commitment to the community was to prevent people from accessing "these terrible drugs", WMBB reported.

“Drugs that ruin families. Here’s a prime example of what it does to our communities, what it does to our families, what it does to our friends and it’s heartbreaking," he said.

In another Facebook post, just days after his daughter's arrest, Sheriff Smith said when you work in law enforcement, you "do not take things personally".

"There will be many challenging situations that you will face and you must rise above," he said.

"Reminder: Do the right thing, the right way, all the time."

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