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CHARLESTON, W.Va. April 7 2012– A Glasgow police officer was arrested Wednesday after allegedly buying drugs from a confidential informant.
Fayette County Sheriff Steve Kessler said local authorities got a tip from a local informant saying that he had previously sold drugs to Glasgow police officer Donald Scott Wills, 43, of Smithers. Kessler said the informant told investigators that Wills had allegedly bought drugs while in uniform and while driving a Glasgow city police car.
Kessler said deputies, troopers from the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation and officers of the Central West Virginia Drug Task Force set up a sting operation Wednesday at the informant’s home. Kessler said the informant called Wills at the Glasgow Police Department and asked him if he would come over to buy drugs.
A few hours later, Wills, in street clothes, allegedly came to the house and bought 30 Oxycodone pills for $30, offering to pay the rest of the money owed for the pills once he sold them, Kessler said. Officers hidden inside and outside the house allegedly witnessed the transaction.
Wills was arrested when he left the house, Kessler said. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
Wills was in the Southern Regional Jail on Thursday on $25,000 bail.
“When you find a drug dealer masquerading as a police officer it is absolutely disgusting,” Kessler said. “Police officers are expected to hold to much higher standard of conduct and the public has every right to expect that of us.
“This individual is a disgrace to the law enforcement profession.”
Kessler said Fayette County authorities would investigate drug crimes no matter who the suspect is. “No one is above the law,” he said.
Wills previously worked for the Smithers Police Department.
Glasgow Police Officer Steve Smith said the department is “highly disappointed” and “very hurt that one of our own resulted to doing something like this.”
Smith said he’s worked with Wills for almost a year and he was always very friendly.
Those who worked with Wills never suspected him of prescription pill abuse, he said.
“You always hear the rumors,” he said. “Anytime there’s a police office out there doing his job, you’re going to hear the rumors. But there was never any evidence of this.”