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APD’s internal affairs chief arrested on controlled substance charge

Submitted by on 1, February 26, 2009 – 12:49 pmNo Comment

A 26-year veteran of the Alameda Police Department has been arrested on preliminary charges he illegally obtained prescription medications, Alameda police reported today.

Officers with the state Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement arrested Ronald R. Jones, who reportedly led APD’s internal affairs section, on two probable cause felony counts of fraud, deceit and misrepresentation to obtain a controlled substance). Jones was arrested in Pleasanton and booked at the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office.

Internal sources at APD found in January that Jones had obtained prescription drugs following a police investigation into the death of a terminally ill resident, according to an APD press release from Lt. Bill Scott. Jones, who was not involved in the investigation, apparently told the family of the deceased that the police department offered a disposal service for unwanted prescription medications, it said.

According to the release, police looked into other investigations and found that this was not an isolated incident. It said a criminal investigation was immediately initiated and that the charges resulted in the investigation, which is ongoing.

Police said there is no indication that other department personnel were involved in the wrongdoing.They said Jones has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

“The Alameda Police Department wants to assure the community that the allegations described are not reflective of the values and integrity of the men and women of the police department, who continue to serve the City of Alameda with distinction,” the release said.

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