A Princeton, Ind. police officer was arrested for official misconduct after allegedly allowing a suspect to discard evidence during a Drug Enforcement Administration investigation.
The charges stemmed from an incident that began Feb. 5 with a DEA investigation into illegal drug trafficking along US 41.
DEA officers had suspicion that a vehicle and two people of interest were in possession of illegal drugs and traveling on US 41 and requested assistance from the Princeton Police Department when the vehicle entered Gibson County.
Officer George stopped the vehicle on US 41 at CR 150 South. An Indiana State Police K-9 unit arrived, walked around the vehicle and alerted to the presence of narcotics. A search was conducted, but officers failed to find any narcotics inside the vehicle.
The male driver and a male passenger were handcuffed and placed in two different patrol cars. The passenger was placed inside Officer George’s patrol car to be transported to Princeton Police Department.
While transporting the suspect, George allegedly became aware that he had approximately 77 grams of heroin inside his pants near, and allowed him to discard the drugs prior to arriving at Princeton Police Department.
When investigating officers discovered the drugs were discarded they immediately responded to the area and recovered the heroin.
The incident was investigated by the Indiana State Police Organized Crime and Corruption Unit.
Officer George was arrested Monday after he turned himself in at the Gibson County Jail. He posted a $1,500 cash bond and was released.