Thursday, March 20, 2014

Officer Jeffrey Morgan Arrested for Possession of Heroin

A veteran Chandler police officer has been arrested for possession of heroin.

Documents show Jeffrey Morgan, a 13-year veteran, was arrested March 4 and resigned from the Chandler police force March 7.

"Our drug policy is very simple, you cannot have any illegal drugs in your system," said Detective Seth Tyler with the Chandler Police Department.

Early in March, Chandler police received information that Morgan was buying and using heroin.  Police searched Morgan's apartment where they say they confiscated evidence including a chunk of suspected heroin and drug paraphernalia.

Tyler said it's normal procedure for them to investigate their own.

"This is not the first time, unfortunately, that we've had to investigate one of our officers for a criminal offense," Tyler said. "This had happened in the past. Unfortunately, it will happen again in the future."

Morgan was a motor officer in the traffic unit.

"They focus on two things; they focus on enforcement on the roadway, and they focus on roadway impairment," Tyler said.

But now his cases could be impacted with this felony arrest. Morgan resigned a few days after the search warrant was served.

"Our function as police in our society begins with the public trust," Tyler said. "If the public trust is compromised in any way, we will take swift action."

Morgan was processed and booked into jail. He is free pending formal charges being filed by the county attorney.

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