UPDATE: Greenville VA employee facing embezzlement charges on top of drug charges

PITT COUNTY, NC (WITN) - Deputies say a Greenville Veterans Affairs employee arrested back in October for transporting drugs in a government vehicle is facing more charges.

The Pitt County Sheriff's Office says that on December 4th, detectives in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of the Inspector General obtained felony warrants alleging 7 counts of embezzlement against 29-year-old Alexander Averell, of Cary.

The Pitt County Sheriff's Office says that on December 4th, detectives in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of the Inspector General obtained felony warrants alleging 7 counts of embezzlement against 29-year-old Alexander Averell, of Cary.

Officials say that surveillance of Averell showed him taking his U.S. Government work vehicle to several unauthorized locations in North Carolina and Virginia.

Averell was arrested on December 10th by the Cary Police Department and booked into the Wake County Detention Center under a $20,000 secured bond.

It was back on October 3rd that Averell was arrested in his VA work vehicle. Deputies say they found heroin, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia inside.



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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.