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    Broward deputy arrested for allegedly taking cocaine, using it on duty

    By Brian Haas
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel
    Posted March 29 2007

    A Broward Sheriff's Office patrol deputy was arrested after taking cocaine and another drug from what he thought was an abandoned car and then using the cocaine while on duty, authorities said Wednesday.

    Robert Delaney Jr., 41, was arrested Tuesday on charges of possessing cocaine and oxycodone. Delaney is free on $10,000 bond but has been suspended without pay, said Elliot Cohen, spokesman for the Sheriff's Office.


    Delaney couldn't be reached and it was unclear Wednesday whether he had hired an attorney. Delaney joined the Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Police Department in 1995 and later the Sheriff's Office when it absorbed the department in 2001. His personnel file reflects positive reviews and several commendations from commanders and citizens.

    According to Delaney's arrest report, the investigation into his conduct began after a confidential informant told the Sheriff's Office in February that Delaney had been buying and using cocaine. Detectives set up a sting by staging an abandoned vehicle investigation.

    On Tuesday, detectives put 4 grams of cocaine and six pills of oxycodone, an opiate-based painkiller, in a car in the 2200 block of West Sample Road. They set up a surveillance unit across the street and monitored video and audio in the staged car.

    The Sheriff's Office then dispatched Delaney to investigate the car. According to the report, Delaney rifled through the car, pocketed the drugs and then tried to wipe the interior of the vehicle with a towel to eliminate fingerprints. He left without documenting his investigation or telling his supervisors that drugs were found, the report said.

    Detectives followed Delaney during the rest of his shift and confronted him a few hours later.

    According to the report, Delaney admitted to detectives that he ingested some of the cocaine shortly after leaving the abandoned car, still had some of the drugs in his wallet and kept the pills in his Sheriff's Office patrol car. While following Delaney, the detectives did not know he had taken cocaine, the report said.

    Cohen said detectives have seen no evidence that Delaney's illegal activities extended beyond a personal drug habit.

    "The tip only focused on the fact he was using and purchasing drugs," Cohen said.

    If convicted of the felony charges, Delaney faces up to 10 years in prison.
    " if you talk in your sleep, don't mention my name....
    " if you walk in your sleep, forget where you came....

  • #2
    Way to go. Included in the things he can kiss good bye will be a whole lot of legit arrests.


    • #3
      I'm not an LEO yet but all I can think about when i read these stories is all of the stuff I have been doing to get hired and the process is so long and stressful why would you risk your entire career over something like this when you know how hard you worked to get where you are.....I just don't understand it.


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