FORMER WOLFEBORO OFFICER SENTENCED FOR DRUGS

by Christian Mower on January 6, 2012

A FORMER MEMBER OF THE WOLFEBORO POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS GIVEN UP HIS CERTIFICATION AS A POLICE OFFICER AND AGREED TO NEVER WORK IN LAW ENFORCEMENT AGAIN AFTER BEING SENTENCED ON DRUG CHARGES IN DISTRICT COURT IN OSSIPEE.

ATTORNEY GENERAL MICHAEL DELANEY SAYS 40-YEAR-OLD ROGER MARTEL OF OSHKOSH, WISCONSIN HAS BEEN SENTENCED ON TWO MISDEMEANOR COUNTS OF THEFT BY UNAUTHORIZED TAKING – AND CONTROLLING A VEHICLE WHERE A CONTROLLED DRUG IS ILLEGALLY KEPT.

AN INVESTIGATION BY THE WOLFEBORO DEPARTMENT AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE DETERMINED MARTEL STOLE 120 OXYCODONE PILLS FROM A SECURED POLICE EVIDENCE ROOM IN MAY, 2011.

THE PILLS HAD BEEN COLLECTED BY THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AS PART OF A LOCAL DRUG TAKE BACK INITIATIVE.

MARTEL – WHO HAD WORKED FOR THE POLICE DEPARTMENT SINCE 2003 – TOLD A JUDGE HE BECAME ADDICTED TO PAIN MEDICATION AFTER BEING PRESCRIBED IT FOR BACK AND SHOULDER INJURIES – AND THE ADDICTION LED HIM TO STEAL THE PILLS.

HE WAS SENTENCED TO A YEAR AT THE CARROLL COUNTY JAIL WITH ALL BUT THREE DAYS DEFERRED FOR A YEAR, FINED, AND ORDERED TO BE SUPERVISED BY A DRUG ABUSE COUNSELOR.

DELANEY SAYS “THIS CASE DEMONSTRATES THE EXTENT TO WHICH PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE AND MISUSE HAS BECOME A MAJOR PUBLIC HEALTH HAZARD AND PUBLIC SAFETY PROBLEM IN NEW HAMPSHIRE.”

DELANEY SAYS HE’S WORKING CLOSELY WITH LEADERS IN THE MEDICAL, PUBLIC HEALTH, SERVICE PROVIDER AND LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITIES TO IDENTIFY STRATEGIES TO COMBAT THE GROWING PROBLEM.