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NY police chief charged with diverting discarded pills

October 6, 2018

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York police chief is on administrative leave after allegedly diverting discarded prescription drugs for his own use.

Kenmore chief Peter Breitnauer was charged Friday with possession of hydrocodone. He could face up to a year in prison if he’s convicted.

Federal prosecutors say Breitnauer admitted taking more than 100 pills from a police station drop box because he’s addicted to prescription painkillers.

The 68-year-old Breitnauer has been on the force since 1984, becoming chief in 2012. The community of about 15,000 people is just north of Buffalo.

Breitnauer was released Friday after appearing in Buffalo federal court. Lawyer Thomas Eoannou says he’s weighing treatment.

Eoannou says Breitnauer’s arrest is “strictly a personal matter” and that his actions have no bearing on his professional conduct.

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