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Corrections officer arrested, charged in drug purchase

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By Alice Du Pont

A Department of Corrections officer, 61-year-old Donald Geoffrey Barber, was arrested Sunday night in Midway and charged with one count each of purchase of crack cocaine and possession of crack cocaine.

Lt. Jim Corder of the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office said he received information that Barber wanted to buy crack cocaine and was in a Midway motel room with a prostitute. When an undercover officer arrived at the room, the woman answered the door and Barber was lying on the bed.

Corder said the undercover officer asked Barber what he wanted. Barber allegedly handed the individual two $20 bills for $40 worth of crack. As the officer left the room, the GCSO takedown team enter the room and arrested Barber without incident. His state prison system identification card was lying on a table in the room and his uniform was located inside a black zippered bag on the floor beside the bed.

Barber, who works at the Wakulla Corrections facility and was a 9-year veteran officer, was arrested and placed in administrative custody at the Gadsden County Jail for his personal safety. He was later released on his own recognizance, Corder said, after inmates at the jail recognized him as a correctional officer.