Posted: Mar 19, 2013 9:35 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Mar 19, 2013 9:35 PM
MONROE- A State Trooper was arrested, charged with distributing drugs across North Louisiana.
Ronald Thomas, 42, was an 18-year veteran of the department and also worked as a member of the Grambling State University football detail, joining the school's head football coach on the field during games.
"We have no reluctance whatsoever identifying police misconduct and taking appropriate action," Superintendent of State Police Colonel Mike Edmonson said.
Edmonson went to Monroe and personally took Thomas' badge, credentials, and state-issued weapon.
At the time of his arrest, Thomas was immediately suspended from duty pending the outcome of an administrative investigation.
Also arrested was Leonard Dunn, 38. Investigators said Dunn worked with Thomas to sell drugs and believe Thomas told Dunn there was an investigation, and he should destroy the evidence.
"Our work is not yet done. This investigation continues to evolve and other arrests are possible," Edmonson said.
If convicted on all charges Thomas faces up to a $76,000 fine and 92 years in prison.
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