PSC Officer Busted for Selling Drugs

PSC Officer Busted for Selling Drugs
Posted by UaN on January 15, 1999 at 08:41:48 PT
Another Snitch on the loose!
Roadside marijuana purchases were made in Boone Countyfrom a state Public Service Commission law enforcementofficer parked along the highway in his cruiser, BooneCounty sheriff's deputies allege.
Thursday, they arrested PSC Officer Robert M. Totten, 40,   of Racine and charged him with selling marijuana and   narcotics from his PSC-owned Jeep Cherokee.   Totten, who was charged with a September sale along W.Va. 3 at Racine, made more than one sale to a confidential   informant, said Boone County Chief Deputy Rodney Miller. "Each and every buy was made out of the state vehicle   he was operating," Miller said.   Wearing his PSC-issued jacket with badge, Totten had little to say in magistrate court. He was taken to the Southern   Regional Jail, Logan, where he was held under $15,000 bond.   PSC officials had been working with Boone County sheriff's officers on the three-month investigation for some time,   Miller said. They were present for Thursday's arrest.   "It's safe to say the people from the PSC were highly upset," he said.   PSC Chairwoman Charlotte Lane said in a prepared statement that the commission would review its options and take   appropriate action. Totten was apparently not suspended from his job Thursday.   "We will, of course, cooperate completely with the authorities and agencies involved," Lane said in her statement. "It   is an unfortunate circumstance and until we have more information, there's nothing else I can say."                Miller said PSC inspection officers have the authority to carry guns and make arrests,                though he said Totten had not been issued a pistol by the PSC.                Bob Teets, PSC spokesman, could not elaborate on officers' duties and would only say                that the 40 inspectors check commercial motor vehicles for specific safety violations.                Miller said Totten inspected large coal trucks for safety violations. "To my knowledge   we don't have any information that he was working with coal truck drivers," the chief deputy said.   The PSC Jeep Cherokee Totten drove, which had standard police emergency lights atop it, was confiscated by PSC   officers Thursday and returned to Charleston. Miller said there were no drugs found inside it.   Investigators plan to pursue other charges against Totten before a grand jury. Miller said at least three other allegations   of selling drugs will be presented to grand jurors.   The one allegation he was charged with Thursday contends Totten sold 14.5 grams of marijuana to a confidential   informant in September while parked along the side of W.Va. 3 near Racine. Two deputies allegedly watched the   transaction, and Miller said it was also audio recorded.
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on January 15, 1999 at 09:25:21 PT
Good Article!
That was good! We don't have a judicial system anymore! I remember watching an old TV show called Dragnet and Joe Friday said "Just the Facts, Mam " Do police do any work like in that old TV show or do they only depend on using Snitches?
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