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Nassau County Jail Guard Arrested On Drug Charges

MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) -- A Long Island correction officer is facing charges he possessed amphetamines with the intention of selling them, prosecutors said.

Daniel Lanigan, 29, was arraigned Tuesday. He is charged with two counts of drug possession, one as a felony and a second as a misdemeanor. The felony count alleges he possessed Adderall with the intent to sell.

Prosecutors said Lanigan allegedly bought 10 Adderall pills in Levittown two hours prior to the start of his shift at the Nassau County Correctional Center in nearby East Meadow, but did not say where he intended to sell the drugs.

Lanigan has worked at the Nassau County jail since 2009 and was suspended without pay following his arrest.

"The public has a right to expect that employees put in positions of authority and paid with their tax dollars do not put themselves above the law," District Attorney Kathleen Rice said. "My office will continue to investigate anyone who violates that sacred trust."

Lanigan is due back in court on Aug. 14.

His attorney did not immediately return a telephone call for comment.

The investigation is ongoing, according to prosecutors.

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