Former police officer pleads guilty to drug charge

(Source: Walnut Ridge Police Department/ Facebook)
(Source: Walnut Ridge Police Department/ Facebook)

WALNUT RIDGE, AR (KAIT) - A former Walnut Ridge police officer was given three years probation and four years suspended imposition of sentence for fraudulent practices of a controlled substance, according to court documents filed in Lawrence County Circuit Court.

Court records indicated Shaun Allen, 32, of Walnut Ridge pleaded guilty to the charges in late October.

Allen, while a patrolman for the Walnut Ridge Police Department, was arrested earlier this year on fraud and possession charges are he forged an inmate's prescription to obtain hydrocodone and methadone, according to police.

Prosecutors said a Walmart manager in Walnut Ridge said they thought a police officer was forging prescriptions. At the same time, a jail inmate filed a police report, claiming someone was getting prescriptions in his name while locked up.

A probable cause affidavit stated Allen was seen in Walmart surveillance video picking up prescriptions. He also paid cash for prescriptions from Prescription House Pharmacy.

On Feb. 19, 2014, Sexton's Pharmacy told investigators that they filled a prescription for Allen. He reportedly told the pharmacist, "He was picking them up because he [the inmate] was in jail."

As part of the plea agreement, state attorneys agreed not to prosecute Allen on one count of fraud and charges of possession of a controlled substance.

Allen was ordered to pay more than $1,800 in fines and court costs.

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