- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 12, 2014

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A Colchester police detective admitted he has stolen heroin, other drugs and a gun from the police department to fuel his addiction, according to an affidavit filed in federal court on Wednesday.

Cpl. Tyler Kinney told police he took drugs from the evidence locker and drop-off prescription medication box to use or for a friend to sell or swap for heroin, according to an affidavit from a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Kinney said he and the other man, whom Kinney developed a friendship with after he was arrested by the police department, used the drugs together, the affidavit said.

Kinney was arrested Monday and is on unpaid administrative leave. He appeared in court Wednesday but did not enter a plea. His lawyer could not be reached for comment.

The investigation began early Monday after a gun that was supposed to be in the Colchester department’s possession turned up during a drug raid on a house in Burlington.

Police said the investigation led to Kinney, who was in charge of evidence storage and record keeping at the department.

Agents searched Kinney’s vehicle and found heroin in the center console, and a bottle of prescription narcotics in the trunk, the affidavit said.

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