4 corrections officers arrested on drug charges

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Four Kent County Sheriff Department corrections officers have been arraigned on various drug charges.

On March 17, the United States Postal Service contacted authorities about a suspicious package. The Kent Area Narcotics Enforcement Team (K.A.N.E.T.), a narcotic investigative team made up of investigators from East Grand Rapids Department of Public Safety, Walker Police Department, Grandville Police Department, and the Kent County Sheriff Department, started a narcotics investigation after examining the package.

The package, containing marijuana, led investigators to a suspect. Authorities say as the investigation evolved, they determined the suspects were making and/or in possession of large quantities of a marijuana product called ‘marijuana butter’.

Officials say four suspects in the case are Kent County Sheriff Department corrections officers. They are:

  • Corrections Sergeant Tim Bernhardt, a 22-year veteran. He has been charged with Delivery/Manufacture Marijuana and Conspiracy to Deliver/Manufacture a Controlled Substance.

    Tim Bernhardt (March 21, 2014).
    Tim Bernhardt (March 21, 2014).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Corrections Officer Mike Frederick, a 24-year veteran. He has been charged with Delivery/Manufacture Marijuana and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Mike Frederick (March 21, 2014).

 

  • Corrections Officer Todd VanDoorne, a 22-year veteran. He has been charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Maintaining a Drug House.
Todd VanDoorne (March 21, 2014).
Todd VanDoorne (March 21, 2014).
  • Corrections Officer Brian Tennant, a 20-year veteran. He has been charged with Delivery/Manufacture Marijuana and Possession of a Controlled Substance.
Brian Tennant (March 21, 2014).
Brian Tennant (March 21, 2014).

The suspects, arraigned Friday in front of Judge Servaas, had their bonds set at $2,000.00 each. All four men are currently on administrative leave.

The Kent County Sheriff Department says they are currently conducting an internal affairs investigation.

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