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Public official faces meth charges

When a public figure is arrested on any type of criminal charge, there is the potential for prolonged and negative media coverage. And, unfortunately, in America today that type of news coverage alone is often enough to convict a person in the eyes of the public, despite our nation's longstanding principle of "innocent until proven guilty." For one public figure who was arrested in Roseville back on September 30, this may be exactly the type of situation he will have to deal with for the foreseeable future.

According to a recent report, a high-ranking officer with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection was arrested drug charges. The 48-year-old officer, a battalion chief, is alleged to have been involved in the transportation of methamphetamine, commonly known as "meth." The reports indicate that the arrest occurred as part of an undercover operation and that the suspect was in possession of methamphetamine at the time.

As many of our Roseville readers know, some drug charges are more serious than others. Even with the shifting public perspective on some illegal drugs, such as marijuana, there are still some other illegal drugs, like cocaine and meth, that will most likely remain illegal for a long time to come. Drug possession usually isn't as serious of a charge as intent to distribute, but either way a conviction on a drug-related charge is likely to severely damage a person's reputation for years.

The battalion chief faced a $20,000 bail upon being booked into the county jail. He reportedly paid that bail and was released pending further proceedings. Even though the indications are that this officer was off-duty at the time of his arrest, many times a public official in this type of position will be placed on administrative leave until the case is concluded.

Source: The Sacramento Bee, "Cal Fire battalion chief arrested on drug charge in Roseville," Richard Chang, Oct. 22, 2013

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