- Associated Press - Saturday, May 14, 2016

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (AP) - A former Lake Havasu City police officer will stand trial for allegedly stealing drugs and cash from an evidence room.

The Today’s News-Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1Orlh1L) that John Johnson faces 48 counts that included charges of theft and transferring dangerous drugs.

He pleaded not guilty Thursday to 43 counts of forgery.

He is also suspected of stealing nearly $4,900 in undercover funds.

Police spokesman Kirk Cesena says authorities conducted an investigation into missing evidence between April and October of 2013.

According to a memo from the Mohave County Attorney’s Office, Johnson is accused of removing drug-based evidence between 2010 and 2012.

Prosecutors say the missing items resulted in 11 investigations being jeopardized.

Johnson currently resides in Massachusetts.

He is expected to participate in a June 13 case status hearing by telephone.

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Information from: Today’s News-Herald, https://www.havasunews.com


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