It is shocking to many people when a police officer is arrested and faces charges for allegedly selling drugs. An auxiliary officer from Winthrop, Massachusetts, was arrested in early October after the FBI followed him for the past six months.
The 34-year-old man allegedly sold cocaine while in his police uniform and in a police vehicle. He recently appeared in U.S. District Court to face a charge of distribution of Class B substance. It is unknown if he has legal representation.
Before he was arrested, the man had worked as an unpaid volunteer for the Winthrop police department for about 18 months. Even so, the police chief is disappointed in the charges because of the damages it does to the department's reputation.
The punishment and sentencing for drug charges can vary dramatically. There are many factors, including the location, type of drug and the offender's criminal history. The punishment also varies according to whether the drug was being used solely for personal use or if it was sold to others. When drug distribution charges apply - which is the case here - then the punishment typically becomes harsher.
The man will be removed from his volunteer position. He did not uphold his duties to serve and protect the community and portray the department in a positive light.
The punishment for drug charges such as these usually includes jail time and hefty fines. Those who are in similar situations should ensure their legal rights are protected. Defendants are innocent until proven guilty, and the prosecution must prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Each defendant has the right to a fair trial, and his or her legal team can help ensure that.
Source: Boston.com, "Winthrop auxiliary officer faces drug charges" No author given, Oct. 08, 2013