Sheriff's office employee faces drug charges

A Fayette County Sheriff's Office employee was fired recently after Lexington police filed several drug charges against her, a sheriff's department spokeswoman said.

Jennifer Kay Sharp, 49, was charged with marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance (Vicodin) after Lexington police conducted a search of her home last week, according to court documents. Glenda Leigh Tucker, 50, of Lexington faces the same charges.

Sharp was a court security officer, said Jennifer Miller, spokeswoman for the sheriff's office.

Lexington police received a tip in January that Sharp and Tucker were selling marijuana and prescription pills out of a home on Elk Lake Drive. After more than a month of surveillance, police executed a search warrant Feb. 22.

Officers say they found several marijuana cigarettes and prescription pills in unmarked or altered bottles, and paraphernalia including pipes, a scale and bags containing marijuana residue.

Sharp and Tucker are to be arraigned on the misdemeanor charges Wednesday.