State trooper charged with stealing heroin from evidence room

Brian Rickard allegedly stole heroin from the Troop R, Honesdale evidence room before ingesting the narcotic at work and at home.

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Accused of stealing heroin from an evidence room, ingesting the drug, and attempting to cover up the thefts, a Pennsylvania state trooper was recently charged with theft, tampering with records, acquiring or obtaining a controlled substance through misrepresentation, and obstructing administration of the law.

On Friday, Pennsylvania State Police announced charges against Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) Corporal Brian Rickard. Cpl. Rickard enlisted with the PSP in November of 2003 and was assigned to the Troop R, Honesdale Criminal Investigation Unit as a supervisor.

Rickard allegedly stole heroin from the Troop R, Honesdale evidence room before ingesting the narcotic at work and at home. He has also been accused of using a work computer in an attempt to cover up his thefts from the evidence room.

State Police say that Corporal Brian Rickard was charged Friday with crimes related to obtaining possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, forgery, tampering with records and evidence, theft, obstructing administration of law, and unlawful use of a computer.

According to police officials, Rickard has been suspended without pay under the Governor’s Code of Conduct and the Confidence In Law Enforcement Act.

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