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Summit sheriff’s deputy faces marijuana charge



Published: Mon, July 8, 2013 @ 12:05 a.m.

Staff report

YOUNGSTOWN

A Summit County sheriff’s deputy is facing charges of marijuana abuse and failing to display the required front license plate, which city police lodged against him after they stopped the car he was driving Saturday evening at Market Street and Dewey Avenue.

After charging him in the 7:29 p.m. traffic stop, police said they took from Darrell Joy, 41, two small plastic bags of marijuana, a fully-loaded .45-caliber firearm and his Summit County deputy identification and badge.

A city police lieutenant called a Summit County Sheriff’s Office captain, who verified Joy’s status as a deputy, but said Joy had been off work for more than a year due to an injury and asked city police to take Joy’s identification and badge.

Joy is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. today in municipal court.

When they stopped Joy for purportedly failing to display a front license plate, police said they saw a marijuana bag in plain view in Joy’s left breast pocket and that Joy smelled strongly of marijuana. Police said Joy told them he was a law-enforcement officer and had snatched the bag “off of some kid.”

When police said they then found a large marijuana bag in Joy’s right front pants pocket, they reported that Joy told them he found both bags on the ground at a function he attended and took them to destroy them so no young people would find them.

Police released Joy after issuing him a summons for the minor misdemeanor license-plate charge and the first-degree misdemeanor marijuana charge.


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11970mach1(1005 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

"A city police lieutenant called a Summit County Sheriff’s Office captain, who verified Joy’s status as a deputy, .....and asked city police to take Joy’s identification and badge."

Was the call made to Summit before or after the charges were written up?

Wonder if Joy was hoping he'd be UNarrested.

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2endthismess(315 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

If Joy has been off work for a year why carry the badge...oh yea...pretend cop who's driving around Youngstown's "shopping hoods" scoring some weed. Sure...Dudley Do-Right tracking kids with weed. BUSTED.

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3author50(1121 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Should have called TJ the DD from Mahoning County Sheriff's Department.

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4YSU_Alumna(37 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Whether we believe marijuana should be legalized or not, it is currently illegal, so kudos to the YPD officers for not giving special consideration to this 'deputy'. Why shouldn't they contact their supervisor when someone is carrying official ID? The lieutenant, in turn, did the right thing to clarify this identification since they were asked to confiscate the ID and badge. Frankly 1970, who wouldn't hope to be "UN-arrested" (even though according to this article Joy was not arrested but was issued a summons and released)?

Now, if you want to open another can of worms; let's legalize and TAX marijuana and then use that tax money to fund drug rehab programs for people with no insurance who HAVE NOT committed crimes and would like to get help BEFORE they are arrested and are court ordered to rehab. It's my understanding that these people are placed on 6 to 8 week waiting lists for such places as Neil Kennedy. By that time, they are either dead or in jail.

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5Duncan20903(3 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Drugs "rehab" for the fiction of merrywanna addiction is laughably absurd YSU_Alumnus, and insisting the contrary changes nothing.

Cannabis has killed exactly zero people in the recorded history of mankind.

BTW, being issued a summons for a misdemeanor is being arrested. Sure, it's less of a violation of the person than getting handcuffed, fingerprinted and thrown in a cage but it's still just plain wrong. If you really want people to have respect for the laws, then the laws need to be respectable. Don't hold your breath while you're waiting for people to adopt the totally un-American point of view that we should kowtow to any unjust law simply because your masters snapped their fingers. True Americans simply do not suffer unjust laws, we break them until they're changed. We're also unimpressed when the unconcerned think otherwise.

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6redeye1(4560 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Duncan As you stated cannabis, didn't kill anyone, but I know of four deaths where the driver of a car crashed into a family after smoking weed and killed them all. I know cannabis didn't kill them, it was the car Right! WRONG!!! It was the arsehole who smoked the weed and then dove his car

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7YSU_Alumna(37 comments)posted 1 year, 3 months ago

Duncan, when speaking of marijuana taxation for drug rehabilitation programs, I was referring to rehab for or from ADDICTIVE drugs that are ruining our communities; the crack, meth, heroin, bath salts, etc. And yes even alcohol for some. Believe me, if pot was legal, I'd be smoking it. But I value my job, my home, my car & my freedom so I abstain because of the unjust consequences. Perhaps when I retire, I can return to my mellow yellow college-age peaceful buzz. As far as the summons vs. being arrested; I guess you are right but a trip to Y-town jail is vastly different than a piece of paper that says when to go to court.

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8Not_Surprised(48 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

Interesting tidbit that our media didn't uncover: Deputy Joy used to be a deputy right here in good ol' Mahoning County.

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