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Officer pleads to taking drugs from evidence room

  • Associated Press
  • December 10, 2013 - 10:45 AM

LA CROSSE, Wis. — A former La Crosse lieutenant accused of stealing drugs from the police evidence room has pleaded guilty to charges.

Brian Thomson, 44, pleaded guilty to attempted possession of narcotic drugs without a prescription and will be banned from owning a firearm or working as a police officer.

Prosecutors planned to argue that Thomson spend some time in jail, while Thomson's attorney planned to ask that he be electronically monitored.

The La Crosse Police Department began investigating Thomson in June when his captain learned he was helping log evidence when he was not authorized to do so. The La Crosse Tribune (http://bit.ly/1gWjsFq ) reported Thomson was arrested and resigned from the force Aug. 13.

The department audited its evidence room after Thomson was arrested. They reviewed hundreds of pieces of evidence but still don't know to what extent criminal cases will be impacted.

Prosecutors last week dismissed a felony drug case filed against a La Crosse man arrested with 0.5 grams of methamphetamine and about six grams of marijuana because Thomson tampered with the evidence, according to court records.

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