CPS employee loses job after allegedly buying drugs from undercover investigators

PHOENIX - An Arizona Child Protective Services employee is no longer with the department after allegedly purchasing drugs from a client .

Jennifer Bowser-Richards, spokesman for the Division of Child Safety and Family Services, said the department is working closely with Phoenix authorities and is conducting its own internal investigation.

The female employee was arrested Thursday around 6 p.m. after allegedly purchasing $200 worth of fake heroin from undercover detectives, said Sgt. Trent Crump with Phoenix police.

Authorities said the employee reportedly told police she was buying the drugs as part of her duties with CPS and investigating her clients.

Director Charles Flanagan said in a prepared statement, "Such actions are illegal, a violation of our mission and a violation of the public trust, and will not be tolerated."

The employee was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail on one count of attempted possession of a narcotic drug, said Crump.

ABC15 is not identifying the suspect because she has not been formally charged.

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