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More charges filed against former Kennett PD officer

Jeremy Crawford (Source: Mississippi County Jail) Jeremy Crawford (Source: Mississippi County Jail)

KENNETT, MO (KAIT) – A former Kennett police officer arrested on felony drug charges faces new charges related to his arrest.

A news release from Dunklin County Prosecuting Attorney Stephen Sokoloff stated Officer Jeremy Crawford was charged with two counts of felony possession of a controlled substance on Dec. 14.

In a second news release released on Dec. 24, Crawford faces addition charges of stealing, tampering with physical evidence, and public servant acceding to corruption.

Sokoloff says Crawford received a tip from a local drug dealer that he just sold marijuana to an individual. Crawford then reportedly stopped the vehicle, seized the marijuana, and released the man.

That's when Sokoloff says Crawford returned the drugs to the dealer and was paid $100 for doing it.

According to the Kennett Police Department, Crawford was initially arrested on Dec. 13 as part of an undercover operation by several law enforcement agencies.

Investigators said they stopped Crawford at a local gas station parking lot after they observed him buying controlled substances.

Police state Crawford was off-duty at the time, but was driving a marked Kennett Police Department vehicle and was wearing a police jacket.

A search of Crawford revealed an undisclosed amount of prescription medication, according to police.

He was taken to the Mississippi County Jail in Missouri. Bond was set at $45,000.

Crawford's preliminary hearing was continued to Jan. 7 when he appeared in court Dec. 17.

 

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