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Jan 18, 2013 10:35 PM by Alex Labat

Opelousas Police Officer Arrested for Doctor Shopping

Not only was 51-year-old Sgt. Kenneth Edwards one of Chief Perry Gallow's officers...he was his friend.
Gallow says, "This is a sad day for this departmemt. This is a 21-year veteran of this department and someone I knew long before working at this department."
Trooper Stephen Hammons says Edwards took the pills and delivered them to inmates at the Opelousas City Jail.
To keep the integrity of the case intact, he won't say what kind of pills.
Chief Gallow got wind of Edwards' possible illegal activity inside the jail.
It was Gallow himself who turned him in.
Gallow says, "I officially contacted the Louisiana State Police to conduct an official criminal investigation, the results of which you see here today."
State Police arrested Edwards Friday charging him with two counts of drug distribution, two counts of bringing drugs into the jail, and two counts of doctor shopping.
Hammons describes 'doctor shopping' as, "Going to various doctors to obtain the same type of medication that you are already being prescribed by another doctor. In this case it could be more than one doctor to do that."
Both Hammons and Gallow say having to arrest a fellow officer is never easy, but they're obligated to uphold the law...no matter who's breaking it.
Hammons says, "It's never easy for law enforcement officers to have to arrest another law enforcement officer,but that being said, it is important to note that it is about the integrity if our badges, our uniforms and about that public trust."
Gallow describes Edwards as "a very caring officer...a professional officer...my heart goes out to he and his family."


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