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Court Services Officer Facing Felony Charge

A Halifax County Court Services Officer was arrested Tuesday for allegedly accepting Schedule II drugs in return for falsifying court papers.

According to Special Agent Mark Campbell, 24-year-old Robert Carlton Wazeka III of Haskins Street, South Boston, was arrested Tuesday after investigators served a search warrant at his court services office as part of an undercover investigation.

The search warrant was issued, Campbell said, after special agents received information from an individual who alleged Wazeka “was taking advantage of his supervisory position.”

Based on that information, Wazeka was charged with a felony, Campbell said, for allegedly accepting prescription drugs in return for issuing false reports, telling the court that drug tests were negative when they were really positive.

The charge states Wazeka “attempted to knowingly or intentionally possess a controlled substance classified as Schedule I or II not obtained directly from or pursuant to a valid prescription or order of a practitioner while on duty in the course of a professional practice or not authorized by the Drug Control Act.”

At the time of his arrest, Wazeka was employed by Halifax-Pittsylvania Court Services as a court services officer, and the information received was specifically targeted to only one individual in that office, Campbell said.
According to Campbell, a court services officer is not a law enforcement officer.

Sgt. T. M. VanAernem was the arresting officer.

Following his arrest, Wazeka was taken to the Blue Ridge Regional Jail where he was dreleased on a $3,500 unsecured recognizance bond.