Saturday, April 03, 1999

Officer resigns after drug test

Police say results indicated marijuana

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A Cincinnati police officer resigned Friday after police said he tested positive for marijuana during random drug tests.

        Police Officer Thane Morton, 35, was first placed on non-duty status, with pay, pending further investigation, said police spokesman Lt. Roger Wolf. He resigned later in the day. Additional details were not available.

        In April 1997, Cincinnati police started random drug tests on its sworn officers and recruits. Since then, about 1,000 people have been tested, and Officer Morton is the first to test positive for drugs through the program, Lt. Wolf said.

        The drug testing program is “a positive program which fosters community confidence in the police division and its personnel,” Lt. Wolf said. The random testing will continue, he added.

        Police Chief Thomas H. Streicher Jr. ordered a random sampling of officers be tested March 25. The results were released Friday, and Chief Streicher immediately suspended Officer Morton's police powers.

        Officer Morton worked in District 3, or neighborhoods west of downtown. He has been on the force since June 1996.


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