STILLWATER, Okla. – Prescription drug take backs have become common practice for law enforcement offices and lauded as successful deterrents to prescription drug abuse and drug diversion. All of that in mind, it’s not common that police themselves come into focus as part of the problem.
According to affiliate KFOR, former Stillwater, Okla. Sergeant Tom McConaghy is in hot water after his partner discovered seven pill bottles with different names in the patrol car they shared.
Investigators said that he took the various painkillers from a drug take back bin located inside the police department on May 25.
“The officer that discovered it, his supervisor, me, we are all acquaintances and friends of Sgt. McConaghy. You have to do what’s right and legal and lawful and go about,” Captain Randy Dickerson said.
McConaghy resigned from the department on July 4 according to a press release. Dickerson said he is in another state receiving treatment. His attorney has made a deal with prosecutors and upon his release from treatment he will turn himself in. He faces a felony charge: Larceny of Controlled Dangerous Substance.
McConaghy could spend 10 years in jail if convicted. Stillwater police said this is the first time that drugs have landed in the wrong hands after one of their take back programs.