Iberia Police Chief Busted for Pot
"We're all family here and, consequently, what affects one affects us all," said Iberia Mayor Bob Crawford, who added that Pope resigned Tuesday, citing health issues.
However, Miller County Sheriff Bill Abbott explained what else happened that day.
"We got information on a case we're working on in Iberia that led to the chief of police in Iberia, Missouri," said Abbott. "We went to his residence, he gave us consent to search his house, and we found drug paraphernalia."
Sheriff Abbott also said the drug bust was part of an ongoing investigation in several mid-Missouri counties.
"Law enforcement is no different than anybody else," he added. "You break the law, you do something illegal, you're going to jail."
Mayor Crawford said word of Pope's arrest spread quickly through the tiny town.
"They really like Doug," he said, "and it's been a shock to them."
Crawford will serve as chief of Iberia's three-person police department until the town hires a replacement.
The Miller County prosecuting attorney has not yet charged Pope.
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