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State Police: Pointe Coupee deputy bought drugs on duty

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NEW ROADS - A deputy with the Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office has been arrested following a drug investigation.

Sheriff Bud Torres said 51-year-old Joseph Reed Bueche, of Ventress, was fired Wednesday night following his arrest.

"Police officers are supposed to be held to a higher standard, we're supposed to be the good guys, we're supposed to be out there for the right reasons, it's very disheartening to the public at large, and very disturbing when something like this happens and you lose the confidence and the trust of the public," said Sheriff Torres.

Torres asked for assistance from State Police to perform the investigation into Bueche, after three separate tips that he was involved in illegal drug activity.

"As a result of that investigation we learned that there was probable cause to charge Reed Bueche with two counts of malfeasance in office," said Torres.

State Police said on two occassions Bueche bought Lortabs from a drug dealer, while on duty. When he was questioned, though, investigators didn't find drugs on him, though police said he admitted to using prescription narcotics.

Bueche, a 10-year veteran of the department, was booked on two counts of malfeasance.

He was released after posting a $10,000 bail.

Bueche responded to a News 2 request via e-mail, but did not elaborate on the arrest. In the e-mail he said, "At the end, the truth of the matter will surface. I have been a loyal servant to the people of Pointe Coupee Parish for many years. Just ask anyone."

IMAGE: Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office


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