Ex-Hendry Sheriff’s deputy cleared of contempt, perjury charges

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LABELLE, Fla. A former Hendry County deputy was found not guilty Monday of felony contempt of court and perjury charges stemming from a search without a warrant.

Archer found drugs in a home during a July 2016 search and arrested the suspect on drug possession charges. The charges against the suspect were dropped over the lack of a warrant.

Court documents show Archer, a high-ranking sergeant, sought a judge’s approval to search a trailer, but the judge didn’t sign the search warrant. Archer searched the trailer anyway and allegedly filed a false report.

Archer faced as many as five years in prison if convicted.

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