State trooper allegedly stole GPS, tools from trucker

| 8/19/2009

A state trooper in Kansas will face trial in December for allegedly stealing a global positioning system and other items from a truck driver after the trooper discovered hundreds of pounds of marijuana in the truck.

Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Clint Dwayne Epperly is scheduled to go to trial on Dec. 7 for one felony charge of official misconduct and two counts of misdemeanor theft.

According to charges filed by the Kansas Attorney General’s Office, Epperly took a GPS unit from a truck’s cab that he had pulled over in December 2008. He also allegedly took a tool box, a pair of bolt cutters and a pry bar set from truck driver Eduardo Cruz Bravo, according to court documents.

During the truck inspection, Epperly reportedly found 550 pounds of marijuana.

The trooper later allowed a Lyon County sheriff’s deputy to use the GPS unit, according to the Emporia Gazette.

Epperly took the tools “to use in his patrol vehicle to disassemble boxes and other contraptions built to conceal drugs from view,” according to the Gazette.

Five witnesses testified during a mid-August pre-trial hearing.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer