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by Joseph Nguyen

Texas Police Dept. Closed After Chief, Sgt. Arrested

Mar 06, 20061 min
CSO and CISOData and Information Security

On Friday, the East Texas town of Troupe had its police department temporarily shut down when its chief of police and a sergeant were arrested on narcotics and evidence tampering charges, the Associated Press reports via

Troupe Chief of Police Chester Kennedy was charged Friday with tampering with or creating physical evidence, and was released on a $400,000 bond, according to the AP.

The sergeant, Mark Turner, a Troupe Chamber of Commerce Officer of the Year last year, was arrested late Thursday night on charges of delivery of marijuana and tampering with or creating physical evidence, the AP reports.  Turner was being held on $500,000 in bonds, according to the AP.

After the department was closed down, officials from other law enforcement organizations commandeered its equipment, the AP reports.

The two men were arrested and charged after an eight-week-long investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the local sheriff and local district attorney, according to the AP.

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