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Ex-police chief arrested for drug charges in Washington

Local enforcement officers are very strict when handling drug crimes because they know how important a clean arrest is and the potential consequences of drug charges. These charges, such as drug distribution, drug trafficking and drug possession, can result in fines and jail time. However, in a recent alleged drug crime in Pierce County, a former police chief was accused of selling illegal drugs himself.

The ex-police chief of Montesano, Washington, was arrested for a second time this year. He appeared in court for charges stemming from the first incident where, according to a report, he allegedly stole more than $1,500 in liquor from a grocery store in January. After that court appearance, the Washington man pleaded not guilty to his new drug charges.

Based on court documents, the 51-year-old man's residence was searched during an ongoing narcotics investigation, and police officers claimed they have found nearly 39 grams of heroin and almost four times that amount of methamphetamine. A loaded handgun, digital gram scale and crib notes were also allegedly discovered. The suspect allegedly told investigators that he was selling drugs but not using them. The former police officer now faces charges of unlawful possession of a weapon and illegal possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver on two counts. Bail for these charges was set at $50,000.

A defendant's criminal history plays an important factor in the outcome of a criminal case. However, it does not limit the rights of a defendant to protection from mistreatment in court and unreasonable judgment. Just like any other defendant, a person accused of a drug crime is still presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Source: The News Tribune, "Former Montesano police chief in Pierce County drug court; accused of selling meth, heroin," Alexis Krell, Sept. 18, 2014

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