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A campus cop, an auxiliary cop, and a sheriff's deputy all go down. Let's get to it:
In Somerset, Ohio, a Somerset auxiliary police officer was indicted Monday for allegedly trafficking "bulk" amounts of oxycodone to southeastern Ohio. Joseph Michael Daley, 33, is accused of traveling to Florida and bringing the drugs back to Ohio for resale. He went down in a sting in December. He is charged with aggravated drug trafficking and is out on bond pending trial.
In Tallahassee, Florida, a former Florida A&M University (FAMU) police officer pleaded guilty Monday to buying and reselling marijuana and lying to the feds about it. Former FAMU patrol officer Byron Whitaker, 32, acknowledged buying pot from a local dealer for sale in Tallahassee and even negotiating a purchase while he was on duty in his patrol car. During a DEA interview last August, Whitaker falsely told agents he had not bought drugs from the supplier. He pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiracy to distribute marijuana and making false statements to a federal agent. He faces up to five years in prison on each count.
In Madison, Wisconsin, a former Marquette County deputy sheriff pleaded guilty January 6 to stealing drugs from a locked evidence room. Daniel Card was busted for taking 59 oxycodone tablets from the evidence room in May 2007. He had already been found guilty of drug possession following a jury trial in 2009. He pleaded guilty to theft this time around. Sentencing is set for March 23.
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