A Kennett police officer facing charges of possession of a controlled substance now faces new charges.
Jeremy A. Crawford is charged with two counts of Class C felony possession of a controlled substance as well as one count of felony stealing, one count of felony tampering with physical evidence, and one count of felony public servant acceding to corruption.
The charges stem from an investigation by the Kennett Police Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Dunklin County Sheriff's Department, the FBI, and BATF.
According to the probable cause statement, a confidential source for the Missouri State Highway Patrol sold Crawford 20 hydrocodone pills at the Caseys General Store parking lot on Independence in Kennett. Crawford paid the confidential source $100 for the tablets earlier, according to the probable cause statement.
Crawford was found in possession of 31 different tablets of acetaminophen/Hydrocodone, according to the probable cause statement.
Crawford was arrested on Dec. 14.
His bond is set at $45,000.
Crawford is set to appear in court on Dec. 17 at 9 a.m.
Class C felonies carry a maximum punishment of seven years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000 on each count.
Kennett Chief of Police James Paine released the following statement:
"It is unfortunate any time a law enforcement officer chooses to involve themselves in illegal activity. Illegal conduct reflects negatively on the involved officer's agency and the law enforcement profession, and undermines community faith, trust and confidence in the agency and the profession. Law Enforcement officers are, and must be, held to a higher standard and held accountable for their actions both on and off duty. This agency demands its officers conduct themselves at all times in a professional manner whether on or off duty, and if they choose to cross the line personally or professionally, they will be held accountable."
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