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S.C. Trooper Transported Marijuana In Cruiser

June 18, 2012  | 

Photo: S.C. Highway Patrol
Photo: S.C. Highway Patrol

A former South Carolina patrolman who transported marijuana in his police vehicle received five years in prison today.

Kurt Steffen, 30, was sentenced for manufacturing and possessing with intent to distribute 100 or more marijuana plants, reports WIST.

Steffen initially pleaded not guilty, but changed his plea in February and acknowledged his role in a large-scale growing operation, U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles announced at the time.

Steffen was hired by the South Carolina Highway Patrol in May 2007 and graduated from the South Carolina Police Academy in November of that year. Shortly after that, Steffen and others decided to begin a large-scale marijuana growing operation to make more money.

Steffen purchased a five-acre tract of land in Ridgeville in May 2008 to serve as the location for the marijuana grow.

Prior to the grow being discovered by the Dorchester County Metro Narcotics Unit in January 2010, the operation yielded multiple harvests of marijuana for Steffen and his co-defendants, resulting in thousands of dollars worth of profit for the group. When deputies executed a search warrant on the property, they found thousands of dollars worth of equipment and over 300 marijuana plants spread throughout three different structures on the property.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office, and the Summerville Police Department.

Tags: South Carolina Highway Patrol, Officer Misconduct, Marijuana Growers, DEA


Comments (12)

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Cpl. Faulkner @ 6/18/2012 6:19 PM

what happened to protect and serve . what is wrong with some our officers today . dont they know that greed creates the ultimate downfall of police officers because it makes you make bad decisions . its a shame i hate ready about cops getting into trouble because there are so many good hard honest working cops out here .

michael @ 6/18/2012 8:09 PM

Unreal, what is wrong with people who chose to become a LEO. We must be missing something in their backgrounds........very sad to see this. It sure seems to happen way too often these days. I know one thing, this ex-trooper is lucky that I wasn't the judge to set sentencing.

R. Lyons @ 6/19/2012 12:10 AM

As a retired officer he got axactly what he deserved. He did not deserve to wear the badge or uniform

Trigger @ 6/19/2012 4:27 AM

As a former background investigator you try to do a complete investigation however unfortunately some idiots slip through. This may be too harsh but I feel that the fireing squad would work here!

John @ 6/19/2012 5:09 AM

Ok, I've said it before, this is why you shouldn't be allowed to be a cop if you have EVER admitted to any casual drug use in your past. Too many departments today forgive up to 6 months before you get your background. And since he used his unit, it should have a higher penalty like using a gun does just to make up for the embaressment he caused his department.

BWT @ 6/19/2012 6:11 AM

Too many that hire on into law enforcement today, treat the occupation as just a job, and not like a career of Honor, Integrity and Trust...And this idiot is a prime example of that!!

Jim Davenport @ 6/19/2012 8:04 AM

I have always hated these stories. Dirtbags like this hurt all of the good police officers. He had to have had this dishonorable trait within him long before he entered our profession.

Justice is Coming @ 6/19/2012 9:56 AM

John you're just as much of a jackass as the guy mentioned in this article. Pretty much what you're saying is all LEO's who have used drugs in their past are going to be corrupt, or shouldn't be cops? You my friend are a stereotypical ignorant a$$hole for a comment like that. I've used drugs, marijuana, between the ages of of 15-17. I'm 31 now and have been a damn good cop for over 6 years now. I take offense to your comment especially since this article makes no reference to this dumba$$ past drug use. You seem to be the hall monitor type and probably push paper for a living. I could stoop to your level and say most hall monitors abuse their power bc they have been picked on their whole life, but I don't want to be classified in the same category as you. What this dude did was completely wrong and he is justifiably punished for his actions, but don't assume all LEO's with drug history are like this guy.

FireCop @ 6/19/2012 10:14 AM

It's a shame that many SC Troopers will get painted with the same brush after this story. I work on many scenes with dozens of these guys and gals and most of them are the most respectable and honest people you could ever meet. This was one bad apple; every cart has one or two. No telling why he went this way but at least he's received punishment for his crime. Be safe.

Len @ 6/19/2012 11:00 AM

It sounds like SCHP has dropped their standards for hiring of new employees. It used to be the best of the best but not anymore. We all understand the need to feed our families. I have four children and the state seems to have forgotten their troopers due to budget cuts but, work a second job that is honorable and respectable.

S.S. @ 6/19/2012 2:37 PM

What a scumbag. The hypocracy, he's out there enforcing the law, but while doing so breaking it as well. I wonder how this guy even would sleep at night.

Tyler @ 6/19/2012 2:48 PM

This kind of stuff makes the other officers look bad just becuase of one officer. I hope that officer got fired .

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