Comments for: DEA agent’s alleged drug abuse leads to search warrant challenge

Posted March 28, 2012, at 8:18 p.m.
Last modified March 29, 2012, at 6:48 p.m.

ROCKLAND | A judge will decide whether allegations of excessive use of prescription medication by a former Maine Drug Enforcement Agency officer is enough to challenge a search warrant that led to the arrest of an Appleton man. Defense Attorney Leonard Sharon alleges that the failure of former MDEA …

Guidelines for posting on bangordailynews.com

The Bangor Daily News encourages comments about stories, but you must follow our terms of service.

  1. Keep it civil and stay on topic
  2. No vulgarity, racial slurs, name-calling or personal attacks.
  3. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked.
The primary rule here is pretty simple: Treat others with the same respect you'd want for yourself. Here are some guidelines (see more):

  • Anonymous

    those pills are worse than marijuana.

    • Tylenol is worse than marijuana.

      • Fake Name

        Seriously, ‘worse than marijauna’ is an exceedingly large category.

        • Guest

          Many, many, many things are in that category.

  • Anonymous

    Is this really a suprise to anyone? You know my dad would always say “do as I say, not as I do”. thought it was crap then and think it’s even more so when LEO’s do it. POP those pills but go after the guy passing out weed. typical.

  • Anonymous

    When cops do it, it’s not illegal…they’re heroes.

    • Hahah… YES…if they get caught then the get paid vacation while they go to “counseling”.

      The Drug war has done more to damage this Country than any drug ever could.

    • He was only taking those drugs to keep them out of the hands of children! The Elvis effect.

    • Anonymous

      Your right in this case, it is NOT illegal because he was prescribed them. He was selling them from what I can see

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t even know that there was a “market” for sleeping pills. The article suggested that someone thought he was distributing the pills? Who takes those? I know of some who do because they work changing shifts, which a cop could definitely do. I didn’t even realize these sleeping pills were that addicting either. 

  • This is the hero that Sharon represents…..
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnHpSiz8SAE 

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like the MDEA might be higher than their suspects.

  • Anonymous

    another of a long list of examples of corrupt cops. How many drugs  and people do DEA  take advantage of. Why is this Donna D still a sherriff, she has a dysfunctional department. Why is this Guerette guy still a cop he cant be trusted- ever- how can his word be greater than the accused in court?

    • I think you’ll find he was released from the MDEA as soon as the alleged abuse came to light, it was the KSO that investigated him as he is their employee, further exonerating and promoting him.

  • Anonymous

    can someone take that many sleeping pills and live? I was giving this drug after surgury and it knocked me out for 16hrs and was fuzzy the whole next day!

    • Tyke

      One can only take that many after building up an extreme tolerance over a long time.

      This DEA agent had to have been abusing the drug for much longer than this story indicates,

      • Anonymous

        Ambien will not likely kill you even if you take a dozen pills at one time. It might make you a little sick but that’s about it. And you do not need to build up a tolerance to it.

  • All I see here are allegation’s that have no substance other than the defense attorney’s claiming ‘suspect’ without any objective (that means, probable cause, much less actual, hard, in-your-face evidence) fact’s to back his allegations up. There is an old rule that defense attorney’s always rely on. If you can’t fight the crime, put the evidence on trial. If you can’t try the evidence, try the victim. And if that doesn’t work, well, go after the arresting officer’s. That this has gone this far is a model of defense tactic’s being used to defend someone that even they know is gonna’ be doing time at Downeast or Warren. This guy is gonna’ do ‘time’ and he knows it. Is the Judge doing what they are supposed to do ? Very much so. An objective review is always required in the judicial process. But even a Judge knows when someone is blowing smoke up their robe’s.

  • Anonymous

    ” Cops always have the best dope”.
      –   Cheech and Chong

  • DonHorchKingofMen

    Ambien?!!??Really?Gross..What next,smoking banana peelings?

  • Anonymous

    Did you all ever think that the pills he needed was because of the stress the horrible schedule the people in public safety have. He was not stealing them, trafficking not even furnishing. There is not indication that he use of his medication effected him job. His medical records should have been off limits since there is no nexus between his use and the performance of his job. Just some looser lawyer finding a way to discredit the police. 

    • Anonymous

      It would be so much easier if you could just get rid of any constitution protections, get rid of all lawyers and operate under a police state wouldn’t it.  You would have florushed in the old East German Stasi. 

      • Anonymous

        Just lawyers that try to discredit an officer just to get a dirt bag off….

        • Anonymous

          You mean just like you are discrediting all lawyers?  You mean like that?

          • Anonymous

            exactly…you made my point. It doesn’t matter a hill of beans what this officers medical issues are. He was doing it legally and with the doctors permission.

          • Anonymous

            You are using a lawyer’s logic.

        • Well yes that is how it works some officers are not creditable. It is not a perfect world.

        • David

          Ya I know . It kinda makes one a bit angry when a cop who arrests you dose the same thing himself and dose not get in trouble for it. The integrity of a police officer should be important in court.  if one has no integrity how do we know beyond a reasonable doubt that the officer would not lie or plant evidence. Yes a lot more guilty will go free . But may also prevent a few wrongly accuse from being found guilty. I peed off the wrong person a few times in my day.  It is not a perfect world . If this cop bent the laws himself why was he not charged. Now he is the now to  say this guy should go to jail.  Kinda like the cop who droves drunk himself and want to arrest you for sleeping it off in your car. Maybe you were going to drive dunk.   But to me saying intended to drive can get you an OUI is just plain wrong. Some get away with more than others depends on how you spell your name.     

          • Anonymous

            same thing?? example please. He didn’t sell, furnish or trafick in them so why is his medical issues on display here??

    • Guest

      Why wouldn’t that argument apply to everyone? Life is stressful. Maybe we shouldn’t get involved in how other people deal with it. Doesn’t sound plausible to me.

      • Anonymous

        they do use this excuse. But not one of you have answered my question. He job wasn’t effected, he commited no crime. How would you like it if the police or paper printed you medical problems just to state them. He isn’t being accused of using illegal drugs. 

    • Anonymous

      Who are you kidding? Stress? 360 sleeping pills in 12 days? He’d be dead if he took that many. He obviously sold them. It doesnt take arocket scientist to figure that out.

      • Ya what he said

      • Fake Name

        Plus, if you accept that drug users should be punished, drug users should not be the ones doing the punishing, so this guy should be fired.

        If you adopt the viewpoint that punishing drug users is counterproductive, this guy’s job is unnecessary and wasteful, and he should be fired.Either way, this guy should be fired.

        • Cops don’t do the punishing, we the jury do.

        • Anonymous

          fired for a medical reason….now that is a first. 

      • Anonymous

        Conjecture is not what the courts use to prove beyond a reasonable doubt to convict someone..

    • Anonymous

      USING YOUR LOGIC THE DEA HAS LITTLE TO DO BECUASE EVERYONE HAS AN EXCUSE

      • Anonymous

        What is it again that he did “criminally wrong”….nothing from what I see. Just someone that built up a tolerance and the doctors kept on prescribing.

    • Guest

      So wrong is wrong unless it’s a cop doing it? That’s the “He’s one of our own!” syndrome and we should fight it in all instances.

      • Anonymous

        And what did he do criminally wrong?

  • Dan Troop

    “Kielty said Miller is out of the office until Monday and that he would be the person to comment on the matter.”
     
    Hey Steve, great job of investigate reporting. By the way, Michael Miller is a woman!

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Dan, I caught that too:)

  • Guest

    kinda like letting the fox watch the hen house

  • Ben

    2 wrongs do not make a right!  Sorry, you got busted and thats that!  If anything the law should go after the MDEA agent if they have not already done so.  If the agent had planted evidence that would be one thing.  But he was caught fair and square and is just trying loopholes to get out of it.  Put him away and be done with it!

  • Anonymous

    Random or once a week drug screening for anyone in law enforcement.  

    • This is routinely done by any responsible agency. If it’s not then someone needs a very serious reminder about the Rampart Scandal in the LAPD just a few years ago. What is more serious is that a Judge would violate an Officer’s Doctor/Patient privilege simply because the defendant’s lawyer want’s to go ‘fishing’ thru the Officer’s medical record’s to discredit the officer. The accusation that the Officer is a drug user is, provided the Officer has a drug screening test on file for the period in question, going to be answered by that test which is a part of the MDEA’s, and the Sheriff’s, routine monitoring program and thus not a Medical Record’s Privacy issue. One would hope that the Judge is aware of this before any more civil right’s are trampled on simply to satisfy some defense attorney’s ‘fishing’ fetish.

  • Anonymous

    ambien has been linked to causing cancer ……….sucks for that guy

    • Anonymous

      I don’t think that will keep him up at night.

    • David

      I do think he is worried about that

    • Anonymous

      Yep and so have numerous other things such as the deodorant you use daily, it contains aluminum.
      By the way, I looked and could not find one article online that directly links Ambien to cancer, where did you see that?

      • Anonymous

        it was recently found like maybe a week …but ambien has been linked to cancer . youtube it

        • Anonymous

          can’t find a thing other than videos of people doing dumb stuff while supposedly on it

  • Anonymous

    Leave it to the Bangor Daily to spin the story to make the cop look bad!

    • Anonymous

       Good cop …. bad habits.

  • Anonymous

    Proof that people can function normally and hold jobs using drugs.

  • David

    All righty  then.

  • Conley Raye

    ARE YOU KIDDING ?  Abuse of his position of public trust. He should not be in any type of law enforcement.  I see the good ole boy network is still strong as ever.

  • Guest

    Coverup and corruption, pick a badge number.

  • Yawningattrolls

    It is not acceptable to have a law enforcement official abusing drugs nor using his position and relationships to obtain more – he is no better than the trash he was hired to clean up even if he was working for the MDEA whom I usually wholeheartedly support.

  • Guest

    Is it irrational for us to expect out law enforcement officers to set good examples and follow the laws? Maybe if they did we’d get more and better convictions in the courts.

  • Anonymous

    If he took all those sleeping pills in 10-12 days he would have been dead- obviously he was doing something else with the pills.. 

Similar Articles