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Scott Deputy Charged With Growing Pot
Posted by FoM on February 13, 2000 at 16:35:57 PT
By Mat Herron, Herald-Leader Staff Writer
Source: Lexington Herald-Leader
An anonymous phone call to Scott County Sheriff Bobby Hammons a little more than a week ago led to yesterday's arrest of one of his deputies on drug charges.Andrew J. Brutsman, a three-year veteran of the department, was arrested at his home in Georgetown by Kentucky State Police on charges that he grew marijuana. That's a Class D felony punishable by one to five years in prison upon conviction.
Brutsman was released from the Scott County jail on $5,000 bond and was suspended with pay by the sheriff's department, Hammons said. A hearing is scheduled for Feb. 29 in Scott District Court.Brutsman could not be reached yesterday.Based on the information Hammons received, state police obtained a search warrant Friday for a house in rural Scott County, where inside they say they found eight marijuana plants that Brutsman allegedly grew.Hammons said the house was owned by one of Brutsman's friends. He said he could not identify the friend and did not know whether he or she would be charged in connection with the case.Hammons said he turned the information over to state police immediately rather than investigate himself.``It was hard to really believe,'' he said, ``and that's one reason I wanted to turn it over to state police, so I would be taken out of the investigation.''Hammons said the arrest shocked the department.``They're all pretty sad that he would do that,'' he said. ``He's on both sides of the law here, it looks like.''Brutsman has worked for the Scott County department since April 1997, when he was hired after serving in the military, Hammons said.Brutsman was a good officer who worked the cases, took the calls and, Hammons said, ``did everything that was asked of him. His work was excellent.'' Hammons said he was not aware of any illegal activity Brutsman may have been involved in.``When he was off, he was off,'' he said.Published: Fevruary 13, 2000  1999, 2000 Kentucky Connect and the Lexington Herald-Leader CannabisNews Articles On Police & Corruption:http://www.alltheweb.com/cgi-bin/asearch?type=all&query=cannabisnews+Police+http://www.alltheweb.com/cgi-bin/asearch?type=all&query=cannabisnews+Corruption
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on February 13, 2000 at 21:46:59 PT
Correction
I got to thinking about what I posted and this might be the first bust of a policeman growing pot that I've seen but I could have forgotten. Police that get caught with pot seem like they are liked by their peers. That sounds more accurate to me!PS: I must be away from home for a good part of tomorrow but I will get articles up when I get back home! I don't go away often and one day we went to buy a new Rott puppy and someone wrote me an email and sounded a little worried so I thought I'd mention! I'll Be Back! LOL!
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on February 13, 2000 at 21:19:51 PT
My feelings again!
I've noticed that when police get busted for growing pot they are always revered by their fellow police officers. It says alot about the attitude of pot growers! Amen!
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Comment #3 posted by military officer guy on February 13, 2000 at 20:36:07 PT
yet another goes down..
this time it wasn't just a common joe, or maybe it was...like kaptinemo said, 70mill estimated smokers, they are everywhere, in every walk of life...doctors, teachers, military officers, and now looks like a police officer...when are the policy makers going to listen, hopefully this will turn a few heads...i hate to see another get busted, but i'm glad to see it was one of them fighting against us...i think we could consider this a victory, what do you all think???
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Comment #2 posted by CongressmanSuet on February 13, 2000 at 20:16:41 PT
Im impressed.......
   "The Orwellian sheep-bleat of "Drug free America-aa-aah! Drug free America-aa-aah!" This is great stuff, Kap. You have no interest in journalism? 
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Comment #1 posted by kaptinemo on February 13, 2000 at 18:18:29 PT
We are everywhere!
'Brutsman was a good officer who worked the cases, took the calls and, Hammons said, ``did everything that was asked of him. His work was excellent.'' No doubt just like many of his DrugWar victims. How many cannabis users did he help imprison? The sick ironies of this War knows no bounds.Cannabis users are everywhere. Teachers. Lawyers. 'Rich man, poor man, beggerman, thief.' Architects. Computer repairmen. Yes, and cops, too. We are parents, brothers, sisters, cousins, friends. We might be your business partners, your bosses, your employees. 70,000,000 of us, at least; probably a lot more. 70 Million potential voters. Just think what a voting bloc that would be. And all are 'criminals'. (Just holding it in your hand makes you one.) Including 3 Presidential hopefuls. And still, the Orwellian sheep-bleat of "Drug free America-aa-aah! Drug free America-aa-aah!" can be heard from the mouths of otherwise intelligent people.  Nothing will change... unless we make it change.
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