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State trooper accused of giving drugs to females resigns

August 3, 2018

BLOOMFIELD, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a New Mexico State Police officer accused of trying to give methamphetamine to a woman and marijuana to a 16-year-old girl has resigned ahead of hearing over his employment on the force.

A state police spokeswoman says 33-year-old Daniel Capehart resigned Friday in a letter to state police. The agency’s chief will seek to have him barred from being an officer in New Mexico, with a report submitted to the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Board.

Defense attorney Amy Sirignano has said Capehart was trying to develop sources to fight drug trafficking.

A criminal complaint alleges Capehart abused his position as a law enforcement officer by stealing drugs seized during arrests and giving them to females with whom he was interested in pursuing romantic or sexual relationships.

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