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Police chief quits over accusations of drug theft

The Trumann, AR, police chief is off the job after an investigation revealed that he had been stealing drugs that were supposed to be destroyed, according to city officials. The Trumann, AR, police chief is off the job after an investigation revealed that he had been stealing drugs that were supposed to be destroyed, according to city officials.

(WMC-TV) - The Trumann, AR, police chief is off the job after an investigation revealed that he had been stealing drugs that were supposed to be destroyed, according to city officials.

The internal investigation began weeks ago after complaints from several cops.

Now, the chief is off the job for good and still faces the possibility of criminal charges.

Three years after the former police chief died in the line of duty, his replacement Tony Rusher left the job much less honorably.

Mayor Sheila Walters hired Rusher and decided it was time for him to go.

"He was given the option of resigning or termination and he chose to resign," she said.

According to an internal investigation completed Monday, Rusher swiped between 500 and 600 prescription pills from the department's evidence room.

The drugs were supposed to be destroyed after court cases were completed.

The investigation started after two officers reported their concerns about the chief to the Arkansas State Police.

A retired state police officer conducted the city's investigation, even interviewed Rusher who told him he "did not consider pills that had been through court as evidence."

Rusher continued, according to documents, that "these pills were going to be destroyed anyway."

Rusher said he used more than a dozen Xanax, hydrocodone, and Percocet pills daily in addition to Ambien for sleep.

Many in Trumann said the chief seemed to function just fine.

"He was a good guy to me and always took care of problems since he's been there," said Trumann resident Brent Moye.

However, others agree with how the situation was handled.

"If it's true, they handled it the way they needed to handle it," said Robbie Qualls, also a Trumann resident.

The mayor believes Rusher will seek assistance for any addiction he may have.

The city's findings will be turned over to the county prosecutor. That office will determine if criminal charges are filed.

The former chief was unavailable for comment.

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