Ex-Cop's Sad Saga Points to Problems with Pill Popping Police . . . and Fullerton PD?

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The Orange County Register has a detailed story on a pill-popping Fullerton police officer whose career ended when internal affairs investigators showed up at his Seal Beach apartment and found empty pill bottles and a cop so high he could not speak without slurring.

The Reg tells the Todd Alan Major saga in light of others involving prescription drug abusers who recently wore law enforcement badges in Orange County. But Major's story could also serve as a jumping off point to ask this:

What the fuck's up with the Fullerton Police Department?

First, Register reporter Kimberly Edds tells the story of Major, a 30-year-old who colleagues on the force described as "a great cop with a good heart." The son of Mike Major, the former head of investigations with the Orange County District Attorney's Office, Todd Major spent nearly every Tuesday night running his department's Police Explorer program.

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Former Fullerton cop Todd Alan Major is the son of the Orange County District Attorney's former lead investigator.
His drug abuse was exposed after the department in September 2010 began looking at how he spent city money, according to Edds' report. The six-year veteran is accused of repeatedly misusing a city credit card, forging a city check and stealing from two Troy High School administrators, 11 of his Fullerton police explorers and the Fullerton Car Show to buy prescription drugs, including oxycodone and hydrocodone.

Major, who resigned from the force in January, was facing 17 felony charges brought by the state Attorney General's office. Through a deal with prosecutors, 15 charges were dropped in exchange for Major pleading guilty last month to fraudulently using a credit card to steal and embezzling from the city of Fullerton.

A judge ordered Major to serve 180 days, which he is serving by taking out trash at the Theo Lacy Jail complex in Orange eight hours a day, five days a week. He goes home at night but must refrain from using illegal drugs or unauthorized prescription drugs, or being around drug dealers or users. He must also submit to drug testing.

Edds reports that prescription painkiller abuse "has been seeping into America's law enforcement agencies, in some cases blurring the lines between cop and crook." She cites some other pill-popping police that the Weekly has also reported on:

  • Former Orange County Sheriff's Deputy Allan James Waters, who was sentenced Friday to 32 months in prison after pleading guilty to 12 felonies, including that he sold fake cocaine to buy prescription drugs and lied to eight doctors for more than a year to get prescription painkillers.
  • Former Anaheim cop Kevin Noel Schlueter, who was sentenced in April 2010 to 10 months--six of which he spent in a residential drug treatment facility and the remainder confined to his home--after pleading guilty to driving under the influence of a cocktail of prescription drugs for the third time in less than a year. He also received five years probation.

The piece ends with Fullerton Police Chief Michael Sellers saying, "This is the true tragedy because rarely does anyone think ahead of time about the consequences for their dependency behaviors."

One hopes Sellers is also aware of the behaviors of other officers in his department.
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malasangre
malasangre

so a drug addict is a "great cop" to other cops and his "good heart" stole from them and every child he came in contact with.  his "colleagues" judgment sounds flawed go figure

Kingof1
Kingof1

From the DA'S office to most OC Law Enforcement agencies CLEAN UP THE CORRUPTION IN YOUR RANK AND FILE! Shame on all of you. What happend to integrity and honor and character??? And dont think for a minute the DA's office with TRack at the helm isnt full of corruption

Mark Stouffer
Mark Stouffer

I would wager that the regulations that keep incompetent people at every other company have a similar effect on police departments. I don't think they are exempt from employment laws. "You can't just go and fire people. What gives you the right?", that sort of thing. One of the downsides of regulation is that people apply them.

Jlc
Jlc

Just another Hero............

malasangre
malasangre

but he risked his life every day. lol. robbing the scouts, what a douche

Romance Ab
Romance Ab

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Matthew T. Coker
Matthew T. Coker

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Dweezle.Di

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Bizzilionaire
Bizzilionaire

This is nothing. You're only writing about it because Friends for Fullertons Future has a vendetta against our wonderful police department and they are leaking information to the public from our internal investigations.

Timscavo
Timscavo

Yeah, they have no right to publish news that yet another Fullerton cop is a lying thief. that sort of thing should be private.

MyTwoCents
MyTwoCents

"What the f$%@*&'s up with the Fullerton Police Department?"  Really, this is how OC Weekly reports on issues?  Clean up the article and demote the editor.

Culichi1967
Culichi1967

Hey MyTwoCents,

Yes, this is the way the OCW reports on issues. Do you have a #@$!%^ problem with that? If so, shut the fu#! up and go back to your bland OC Rag and Pennysaver. Find your anal retentive info there.Thanks,

Matthew T. Coker
Matthew T. Coker

Apologies, MTC, my language has really gotten salty since interning at "Highlights."

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