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Charges filed against Colorado officer tied distributing drugs

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Published: Feb. 27, 2020 at 3:37 PM MST
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A Colorado police officer is accused of confiscating marijuana and then trying to sell the drug.

A press release sent out by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation shared basic details on the case, stating Rocky Ford Officer James Lopez is facing charges of Distribution of a Controlled Substance and Official Misconduct stemming from an incident in southeast Colorado in December 2019.

Lopez was issued a summons on Tuesday for the incident that happened sometime in December. He's accused of seizing about one pound of marijuana and then taking it to the home of an "acquaintance," according to CBI. Investigators believe Lopez packaged the drug for distribution.

Lopez was issued a felony summons and is expected to appear in court at the Otero District Court in La Junta, Colorado on March 30.

Lopez was placed on administrative leave by the Rocky Ford Police Department in January 2020. 11 News reached out to the police chief for any additional comment or statement on the case, the chief responded stating his department has been working with the CBI and 16th Judicial District regarding this matter.

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