KENNETT, MO (KAIT) – A former Kennett police officer arrested onfelony drug charges faces new charges related to his arrest.
A news release from Dunklin County Prosecuting Attorney StephenSokoloff stated Officer Jeremy Crawford was charged with two counts of felonypossession of a controlled substance on Dec. 14.
In a second news release released on Dec. 24, Crawford facesaddition charges of stealing, tampering with physical evidence, and publicservant acceding to corruption.
Sokoloff says Crawford received a tip from a local drug dealerthat he just sold marijuana to an individual. Crawford then reportedly stoppedthe vehicle, seized the marijuana, and released the man.
That's when Sokoloff says Crawford returned the drugs to thedealer and was paid $100 for doing it.
According to the Kennett Police Department, Crawford was initiallyarrested on Dec. 13 as part of an undercover operation by several lawenforcement agencies.
Investigators said they stopped Crawford at a local gas stationparking lot after they observed him buying controlled substances.
Police state Crawford was off-duty at the time, but was driving amarked Kennett Police Department vehicle and was wearing a police jacket.
A search of Crawford revealed an undisclosed amount ofprescription medication, according to police.
He was taken to the Mississippi County Jail in Missouri. Bond wasset at $45,000.
Crawford's preliminary hearing was continued to Jan. 7 when heappeared in court Dec. 17.