Aberdeen police lieutenant charged with misconduct in drug case
ABERDEEN, Md. An 18 year veteran of the Aberdeen Police Department has been charged with misconduct in office and possession of controlled dangerous substances, State Prosecutor Emmet Davitt said on Wednesday.The State Prosecutor’s Office said Lt. Daniel E. Gosnell, 38, between February 2016 and August 2017, repeatedly stole and consumed various controlled substances, such as oxycodone, heroin, fentanyl and cocaine, out of the Police Department’s citizen prescription drop box and the evidence locker room.”Police officers take an oath to uphold the law, and actions and behavior in violation of that oath and the public trust are intolerable,” Davitt said.The Aberdeen Police Department said that when it discovered the alleged misconduct, it referred the case to Maryland State Police for an independent investigation.Investigators said Gosnell took drugs from the evidence room inside the Police Department, and drugs that were deposited by citizens in the prescription drop box.”This investigation has tested the strength of my organization,” Aberdeen police Chief Henry Trabert said.Trabert weighed in on criminal charges filed against a veteran officer he once praised before the City Council.”After an extensive audit of our CDS room by detectives,
it was determined that 235 evidence submissions were missing or tampered with,” Trabert said.Drug drop offs have been a key component in fighting the opioid crisis. Two weeks ago, Harford County held one, encouraging residents to bring unwanted medication to police stations year round.”Last year, in the state of Maryland, we collected a little more than five tons of drugs that we destroyed, and nationwide, a little over 4,000 tons so it is, it’s pretty effective,” said Todd Edwards, with the DEA.Aberdeen police said they’re increasing drug testing on officers, tightening access to controlled substances, and keeping their drop box in place.”We’re not going to stop as a matter of this event from doing something we believe is very meaningful and gives the citizens a proper place for disposal,” Lt. Will Reiber said.