- Associated Press - Saturday, October 11, 2014

CORNELIUS, Ore. (AP) - Washington County prosecutors will no longer use a Cornelius police officer as a witness following a federal jury’s decision that he fabricated evidence during a drug case.

The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/1vZBvDt ) the decision regarding Deputy Miguel Monico was announced in a letter from the Washington County District Attorney’s Office released on Thursday. Monico has been placed on paid administrative leave.

Last month, a jury awarded $30,000 to a man who was arrested in 2010 when officers found white powder in his home. The man said the powder was bath salts and sued Monico for fabricating evidence against him. The powder tested negative for cocaine.

The jury’s verdict prompted prosecutors to drop two of Monico’s cases.

The city of Cornelius dissolved its police department this summer after years of internal problems.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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