Deputy charged with embezzling "white powder" from Gates County

GATES COUNTY, NC (WITN) - The SBI has arrested a deputy sheriff in Eastern Carolina who was fired from his job today.

Sgt. Brandon Hawks is charged with two counts of embezzlement of property by public officer and one count of larceny of a firearm.

The arrest warrant says in one case Hawks took two grams of white powder, and in another case took one gram of white powder from the sheriff's office.

The deputy is also accused of stealing a Glock 26 handgun that belonged to the state, according to court paperwork obtained by WITN.

The SBI began looking into allegations of corruption inside the Gates County Sheriff's Office in July at the request of the district attorney.

The 33-year-old Hawks was arrested on Wednesday and was released after posting a $35,000 secured bond.

The county manager says Hawks was fired today by the sheriff's office. He worked as a deputy from 2006 to 2008 and then rehired in 2009.

The SBI says the Federal Bureau of Investigation is assisting them, and that the investigation is ongoing.