Board suspends license of ND deputy accused of drug crimes
BISMARCK—The North Dakota Peace Officer Standards and Training Board unanimously suspended the peace officer license of a former Burleigh County sheriff's deputy accused of stealing and selling evidence from local drug cases.
Kerry Komrosky's license was suspended pending the outcome of his criminal case in South Central District Court. The former deputy is charged with three felonies and a misdemeanor — possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, two charges of theft of property and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Komrosky had been working patrol and took an extra hour for lunch. When three hours had passed without contact, the sergeant in charge went to Komrosky's residence looking for him, Sheriff Pat Heinert said in April.
North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation Special Agent Robert Cummings, the investigating agent, testified before the POST Board on Wednesday, May 16, that the lead sergeant, upon entering Komrosky's residence on April 7, saw a broken meth pipe. BCI was called in and executed a search warrant April 10, finding a pound of methamphetamine valued at $10,000 and 12 cellphones from the Metro Area Narcotics Task Force.
Cummings said the evidence found was at one time attached to cases Komrosky had worked in months prior as a member of the task force.
"That was able to be identified by evidence labels actually attached to evidence that was there," Cummings said, adding that one of the pieces of meth evidence had a crime lab bag with it.
Cummings said he's since been able to account for about a fourth of the roughly 3 pounds of meth from those related cases, as well as 47 grams of cocaine.
Heinert said previously they are not sure how Komrosky got the drugs and cellphones. Under the task force's evidence policies, officers can't get into the evidence rooms. There are designated personnel to transfer evidence into storage after officers have collected it.
The Bismarck Tribune was unable to reach a task force representative Wednesday after three phone messages went unreturned.
Members of the POST board said Komrosky's alleged actions violate sections of the Peace Officer Code of Conduct that bar possession, sale and consumption of any illegal or unauthorized controlled substances or medications, whether on duty or off duty, as well as prohibit conduct that is in violation of state, local or federal criminal laws, regardless of whether the officer has been charged or convicted.
Members of the POST board said they did not want to revoke Komrosky's license outright until the matter is decided in court.