An undercover Pennsylvania state trooper has been charged with possessing cocaine after a confidential informant told investigators he saw the officer buying and selling drugs.
The state police announced Monday that 8-year veteran Trooper Jose Lebron, of Reading, has been placed on leave.
Defense attorney Evan Kelly tells The Associated Press that Lebron is a victim of the "collateral damage" of undercover narcotics work and is now seeking help for a drug problem. Kelly stopped short of acknowledging the trooper's guilt, however.
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Lebron was working at the Avondale barracks in Chester County when he allegedly met with the informant several times, sometimes in his state police-issued vehicle.
Police finally set up a sting Friday in a fast-food parking lot, where the informant allegedly sold Lebron 3.5 grams of cocaine.