The chief of police in Kenmore is facing serious charges that could jeopardize his position in law enforcement, according to a recent report. The chief of the western New York village has been charged with drug possession after authorities suspected him of stealing from the drop box in the police station. If he is found guilty, he could face a $100,000 fine and up to a year in prison.
According to the report, authorities believed the chief was taking the powerful anti-pain medication hydrocodone from the New York State Medication Drop Box. The box is located in the police station, where officials say he had easy access to the drugs. The prescription pills are highly addictive, and the chief allegedly told officers that he suffered from an addiction to the drug and that he was stealing from the box to feed this addiction.
The investigation revealed the chief had some 100 pills hidden in a closet in his office, though it is unclear what prompted the search or the suspicion against this particular individual. The chief was removed from duty and arrested for drug possession. It is not known whether he has retained criminal defense counsel at this time, or if he is in police custody.
Addiction is a crippling ailment that affects millions of Americans both here in New York and elsewhere in the nation. If addiction is the cause for the chief's alleged drug possession, his criminal defense team may wish to bring this up in court. It is possible they could negotiate a plea deal if the chief was willing to accept court-mandated rehabilitation.