Muscatine police officer fired after arrest on drug charges

2010-08-28T21:31:00Z 2010-08-31T08:13:58Z Muscatine police officer fired after arrest on drug chargesChris Steinbach Muscatine Journal
August 28, 2010 9:31 pm  • 

MUSCATINE, Iowa -City officials late this morning fired Muscatine police officer Scott Burk, who remains in custody at the Muscatine County Jail, after initially suspending him with pay.

Burk, 47, was arrested at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, at 3016 Lucas St. and charged with having 1.5 ounces of cocaine. His bond has been set at $25,000, according a spokesman at the jail. The spokesman said Burk would have to post $2,500 in order to be released.

Burk - a Muscatine police officer for 14 years who last year earned $62,456, according to city records -was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, which is a class C felony. He was also charged with a drug-tax stamp violation, which is a class D felony.

If convicted, he could receive maximum sentences of up to 10 years and a $50,000 fine and up to five years and a $7,500 fine on the respective charges.

Details about the investigation, which is being conducted by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, were not immediately available.

"These situations are always sad and extremely difficult to deal with, but the reality is that they do happen from time to time. Police officers are human beings and are not immune from suffering the same shortcomings as everyone else," Muscatine Police Chief Gary Coderoni said this morning in a statement.

"Public trust is difficult to obtain, and easy to lose, which is why we collaborate with an outside agency to make sure that the investigation is conducted fairly and impartially."

Since November, Burk had been assigned to the overnight shift of the police department's patrol division, working from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. Previously, he had been the department's resource officer at Muscatine High School from 2004-08. From November 2008 until his reassignment last year, Burk had been an officer on the Muscatine County Drug Task Force.

The task force is comprised of two detectives from both the Muscatine Police Department and Muscatine County Sheriff's Office, a secretary provided by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement and state narcotics agents as needed.

In July, the office of State Auditor David Vaudt released a report that said at least $8,810 in cash and money orders held by the task force during a five-year period could not be accounted for after an audit was requested by the state DCI.

Officials have not linked Burk to this crime and no charges were filed at the time because there was insufficient evidence, according to a spokeswoman for the DCI.

 

Earlier story:

MUSCATINE, Iowa -Officer Scott Burk has been suspended with pay from the Muscatine Police Department and remains in custody this morning at the Muscatine County Jail.

Burk, 47, of 2027 Lucas St. was arrested at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, and charged with having 1.5 ounces of cocaine. His bond has been set at $25,000, according a spokesman at the jail. The spokesman said Burk would have to post $2,500 in order to be released.

Burk - a Muscatine police officer for 14 years who last year earned $62,456, according to city records - was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, which is a class C felony. He was also charged with a drug-tax stamp violation, which is a class D felony.

If convicted, he could receive maximum sentences of up to 10 years and a $50,000 fine and up to five years and a $7,500 fine on the respective charges.

Details about the investigation, which is being conducted by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, were not immediately available.

"These situations are always sad and extremely difficult to deal with, but the reality is that they do happen from time to time. Police officers are human beings and are not immune from suffering the same shortcomings as everyone else," Muscatine Police Chief Gary Coderoni said this morning in a statement.

"Public trust is difficult to obtain, and easy to lose, which is why we collaborate with an outside agency to make sure that the investigation is conducted fairly and impartially."

Since November, Burk had been assigned to the overnight shift of the police department's patrol division, working from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. Previously, he had been the department's resource officer at Muscatine High School from 2004-08. From November 2008 until his reassignment last year, Burk had been an officer on the Muscatine County Drug Task Force.

The task force is comprised of two detectives from both the Muscatine Police Department and Muscatine County Sheriff's Office, a secretary provided by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement and state narcotics agents as needed.

In July, the office of State Auditor David Vaudt released a report that said at least $8,810 in cash and money orders held by the task force during a five-year period could not be accounted for after an audit was requested by the state DCI.

Officials have not linked Burk to this crime and no charges were filed at the time because there was insufficient evidence, according to a spokeswoman for the DCI.

 Earlier story:

MUSCATINE, Iowa - Scott Burk, 47, a Muscatine police officer for approximately the past 15 years, will face a judge Sunday after being arrested in his home at 2027 Lucas St. and being charged with possessing 1.5 ounces of cocaine without the required tax stamp.

Burk, who is in the Muscatine County Jail, was arrested at about 3:30 p.m. today, according to the Muscatine County Attorney's Office, and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, which is a class C felony. He was also charged with a drug-tax stamp violation, which is a class D felony. If convicted, he could receive maximum sentences of up to 10 years and a $50,000 fine and up to five years and a $7,500 fine on the respective charges.

The arrest was the result of an investigation by the Iowa Division of Criminal investigation, assistant Muscatine County Attorney Alan R. Ostergren said tonight. He said no further information will be released until Monday.

 

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