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Michigan Police Chief Accused of Trading in Surrendered Opioids

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According to unsealed court records, a police chief from Hartford, Michigan, has been accused of taking and selling opioid painkillers from a police collection box intended to get drugs off the streets, News Channel 3 WWMT reports. A search warrant from the current criminal investigation of Hartford Police Chief Tressa Beltran mentioned two dozen Hydrocodone pills that disappeared from the department’s narcotics collecting box as evidence.

According to the affidavit for the search warrant, the investigation into Beltran was started when the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics section got a tip about drug use and sales at the Hartford Police Department involving the Police Chief. The investigation is being conducted by the Michigan Attorney General’s Office, which will decide if Beltran faces charges. Chief Beltran has insisted that she is innocent. She has been on administrative leave since the search was conducted at the end of June.

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