- Associated Press - Friday, May 27, 2016

BRANDON, S.D. (AP) - A man accused of possessing the powerful synthetic opiate fentanyl while he was a sergeant in the Brandon Police Department is apologizing and taking responsibility for a “blatant” violation of the public’s trust.

Former Sgt. Wayne Ellingson was indicted Tuesday for felony drug possession. He faces up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Ellingson says he takes full responsibility for his actions and wants his situation to be a message to people suffering in silence that they should seek help for addiction before it damages their lives more.

Brandon police say an investigation into Ellingson began in April and was quickly turned over to the state Division of Criminal Investigation. Ellingson was placed on administrative leave and the Brandon City Council accepted his resignation May 6.

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