The Richmond County sheriff’s narcotics investigator accused of stealing drugs from evidence was granted a $45,000 bond Tuesday.
Patrick Kaney is charged with possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, tampering with evidence, and violation of the oath of office. He has been in custody since Dec. 6.
In Richmond County Superior Court, Judge Ashley Wright set the bond for Kaney. A special condition will be continued treatment for addiction.
Defense attorney William Sussman said arrangements have been made to immediately take Kaney from the jail to an in-patient treatment facility.
District Attorney Natalie Paine had no objection to bond.
Kaney became a suspect when a fellow narcotics officer noted that some of the oxycodone pills he had placed in an evidence locker were missing the next day. Kaney was questioned and his department-issued Ford Expedition and his personal vehicle were searched. According to the warrants read by Wright on Tuesday, investigators found evidence bags with some or all of the drugs missing.
Tuesday’s hearing was also Kaney’s initial appearance. “I’m sure you know what your rights are,” Wright said to the former officer. But she went through the rights every person accused of a crime is entitled to.
Kaney started with the sheriff’s office in 2006. He was fired last week.
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