- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Augusta’s chief prosecutor has announced that she will not pursue charges against a group of Richmond County sheriff’s deputies accused of illegal steroid use.

Augusta Judicial Circuit District Attorney Ashley Wright announced during a news conference Monday that there wasn’t enough evidence to prosecute any of the 16 sheriff’s office employees accused of buying anabolic steroids.

In October 2014, authorities say they found 50 vials of steroids in the Augusta house of Brandon Paquette, who is the brother of Patrick Paquette, a Greene County deputy who also works as a Richmond County reserve deputy. Brandon Paquette gave investigators a long list of deputies he says he sold steroids to.

Sheriff Richard Roundtree says only one employee, Sgt. Phillip Hambrick, admitted to purchasing illegal steroids from Brandon Paquette. Hambrick resigned in July.


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