North Charleston police officer fired after testing positive for cocaine

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A North Charleston police officer was fired earlier this month for failing a random drug test.

According to the North Charleston Police Department, Sgt. Raymond Garrison was terminated on March 14 for violating the city's drug policy. Garrison worked in the department's internal affairs unit.

North Charleston City Attorney Brady Hair said Garrison tested positive for cocaine and was terminated under the department's zero-tolerance policy.

At the time of his firing, he was part of he department's Office of Professional Standards, which investigates complaints against officers.

According to misconduct report, Garrison had a positive test result for a controlled substance during a random drug test. He was termination for violation of agency policy.

In September 2008, Garrison was suspended 24 hours for violating policies that prohibit being disrespectful to a supervisor or coworker. That incident was related to several emails Garrison sent to coworkers during an ongoing investigation.

He was also suspended for one week without pay for insubordination in May 1997.

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