Denver Detective busted for being high while on the job
Denver, Colorado Police Department
I know you all see the words Denver and Colorado and you might be thinking “well it is the mile high city so this story makes sense.”
Sadly though, it has nothing to do with that little green herb.
Denver Police Detective Daniel Wiley found himself under investigation by Internal affairs in May of this year because he decided to show up to a Fugitive Task Force meeting while under the influence.
Other officers felt that something was up with Daniel after noticing that his speech was slow and slurred.
Since obvious signs of a stroke were out, they figured that just maybe he might be under the influence of something.
In the mile high city the police department has a policy that says if other officers notice that a fellow officer’s appears to be inebriated they must report it immediately to a superior.
After he was reported and tested, it turned out that Daniel was under the influence of opiates. Not an infraction that he could fired for in the event he was prescribed the drugs, legitimately.
Remember – if he had been prescribed the narcotics because that will come into play soon.
He could have been written up and faced disciplinary actions for not informing his superiors that he was on Hydrocodone, Percocet and Xanax and one other little pill that was not reported to the local media.
At any rate, he admitted to taking percocet daily although he denied that was an addict.
The good detective announced that he would resign from the force this week. I am guessing that is because of this one little fact that he eventually admitted to internal affairs.
It seems that Daniel did not have a prescription for the pills, he was getting them illegally from a family member, a niece I believe.
He claimed to still be suffering pain from a year old bicep injury and also hinted that a recent divorce may have had something to do with the need for the pills.
I am not sure about the rest of you but the pain management issue I get but when you throw things in like a divorce into the mix, it sounds a lot like an addict.
Someone who has issues with the ability to cope with things that happen that cause stress not psychical pain.
Daniel happened to resign before internal affairs could bring any disciplinary action against him and no charges have been filed….yet.
The department has not said one way or another if Daniel or his drug supplier will be charged.
Some of the pills Daniel had at the time he was suspended from driving and admitted to taking daily, happen fall under Schedule II of the Controlled Substances Act.
Schedule II drugs on the Controlled Substances Act are defined as:
High Risk of Abuse
High Risk of Physical and Psychological addiction.
Examples of those drugs are: oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet), fentanyl, meperidine (Demerol), methadone (Dolophine), hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
In Colorado, the criminal penalties depend on the type and amount of Controlled Substances involved.
Controlled Substance possession crimes are classified as petty offenses, misdemeanors, or felonies again depending on the amount and use of the drugs found on the suspect.
Just because he resigned does not mean that he should not still be charged just like your average addicted citizen would be, had he or she been caught abusing prescription medication they obtained illegally.
His niece should also be charged just the same as anyone else’s supplier would be if they too were caught or known to investigators.
Remember, cops are not above the law and when they too break the law they should face the same consequences anyone else would.
Besides how would it look if they were openly, selectively enforcing the law?
Cristal M Clark