The allure of prohibition's filthy lucre snags four more officers. Let's get to it:
In Bronson, Florida, a Levy County Sheriff's Office jail guard was arrested September 29 on charges he was using and peddling oxycodone. Richard Harris, 26, is charged with one count of sale of a controlled substance and possession with the intent to distribute. Harris went down after the sheriff's office asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to look into allegations he was part of the prescription drug trade in the community and investigators set him up in a controlled buy.
In Braddock, Pennsylvania, a Braddock police officer was arrested Tuesday on a variety of drug and other charges. He is accused of several thefts and burglaries, then stealing crack cocaine from the police department to pay a potential witness so she wouldn't cooperate with state investigators. He is charged with manufacturing, delivering or possessing a controlled substance; burglary; theft from a motor vehicle; conspiracy to commit theft; criminal mischief; criminal trespass; false insurance claim; false reports; obstructing the law; two counts of theft; two counts of receiving stolen property; and two counts of conspiracy to commit burglary. At last report, he was being held at the Westmoreland County Prison on a $10,000 bail bond.
In Sacramento, a former Concord police officer was sentenced last Friday to 18 months in federal prison for his role in a Chico marijuana cultivation operation. Damon Rydell, 36, had been part of an indoor grow-up busted with more than 200 plants and had claimed he thought the state's medical marijuana law allowed him to grow that many plants. He must also do three years probation and pay a $7,500 fine.