An Opelousas Police Sergeant is speaking out, after being arrested for multiple drug-related charges. Sergeant Kenneth Edwards, a 25 year veteran of the Opelousas Police Department was charged on Friday, January 18, for drug distribution, doctor shopping, and bringing drugs into a penal facility. Edwards believes the charges are a character assassination.
"These charges against me are bogus, cause I'm a loyal officer," he said.
Edwards explain that he is unsure of how the charges came against him. He said doctor shopping, or requesting care from multiple doctors with the intent or receiving multiple prescriptions or services is completely false.
"For each diagnosis that I have, I have an individual doctor, but I only have one pain management doctor."
Edwards was injured several months ago, and has been on sick leave since June. As far as bringing drugs into a penal facility, or city jail, he says he rarely went to facilities and never brought drugs with him.
"Every two weeks, I gotta go bring them what you call a sick leave sheet ,to show that I'm still under the doctor. I have went over there to give them that"
He believes the charges are politically motivated, as rumors are circulating that he wanted to run for chief of police. This, according to Edwards, sparked a false investigation to discredit him. Chief of Police, Perry Gallow released this statement.
"After receiving information regarding his possible involvement in the distribution of narcotics, I requested an outside agency (Louisiana State Police) to conduct a criminal investigation. This request of an independent investigation was based on doing the right thing for the right reason, as to not create the perception of a biased or prejudiced investigation. LSP gathered sufficient evidence to affect an arrest. This case, like all others will be presented to the court where Sgt. Edwards will receive a fair trial. This entire situation centers on personal responsibility and being accountable for one's own actions.
Under my watch, If you break the law there are consequences that you will have to deal with. Wearing the uniform does not exempt you from arrest or prosecution should you choose to violate the laws in which you are sworn to enforce."
Edwards plan to fight the charges until he can clear his name.