DEPUTIES: VA social worker used government time & vehicle to transport drugs

PITT COUNTY, NC (WITN) - A Veterans Affairs employee is accused of using government time and a government vehicle to transport drugs.

Pitt County deputies, along with the VA Office of Inspector General have charged Alexander Averell with felony possession of heroin, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Averell was a social worker for the VA and his clients were homeless vets, according to deputies.

A four-month joint investigation began when the Inspector General's Office developed information about possible illegal activities involving Averell. It ended last Thursday when Averell's government vehicle was stopped and lawmen seized heroin, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.

The 29-year-old Greenville man was released the next day after posting a $10,000 bond.

A passenger in the government vehicle was cited for misdemeanor possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.