An on-duty Braxton County parole officer bought drugs from a confidential informant, according to police.

Christopher Bryan Bright, 36, of Parsons, is charged with possession of a controlled substance and five counts of conspiracy.

On April 18 at about 10 p.m., a confidential informant, whom police called by the code name "Running Man," sold Bright two placebo pills, meant to look like oxycodone, for $40 at a strip mall in Flatwoods, according to a criminal complaint filed in Braxton County Magistrate Court.

Bright was on the job at the time and had his work-issued and personal firearms with him, the complaint says.

After the buy, police conducted a traffic stop and found the pills by Bright's feet inside in the vehicle.

Bright admitted to buying the drugs, as well as purchasing hydrocodone four times and meth one time between December 2015 and April 18, 2016, according to the complaint.

Chief Deputy David Doak of the Braxton County Sheriff's Department said Bright immediately lost his job after the arrest.

He said that police learned about Bright's drug use from the confidential informant, who had been arrested for manufacturing meth.

Doak, who has worked in law enforcement in north-central West Virginia since 1973, said he wasn't aware of any similar cases in that time.

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