April 29, 2015
DARE officer resigns after being linked to steroid sales case
FRANKFORT — A DARE officer for the Frankfort police department who allegedly was involved in a transaction for anabolic steroids with a central figure in the recent high-profile bourbon thefts has resigned, a department spokesman said Wednesday. Mike Wells resigned Monday, said Maj. Rob Warfel, spokesman for the Frankfort police department. As a Drug Abuse Resistance Education officer, Wells went into schools to warn students of the dangers of drugs. Wells, 42, has not been charged in connection with the bourbon thefts, Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton said Wednesday. Melton would not say whether he anticipated that Wells will be charged, but he said he does anticipate more arrests in the ever-expanding investigation. Frankfort Police Chief Jeff Abrams said in a statement Wednesday that Wells resigned after the department conducted an internal investigation. “During the course of this internal investigation, evidence was discovered which indicated that Officer Wells may have been in violation of the policies of the city of Frankfort,” Abrams said. “After deliberation, Officer Wells elected to resign his position with the Frankfort Police Department.” Abrams said “other allegations” of Frankfort police officers’ involvement in the theft of bourbon or illegal use of steroids “are untrue and have not been substantiated. The members of the Frankfort Police Department are committed to serving the city of Frankfort with honor and integrity.” Abrams took no questions from reporters after reading the statement. Wells had been with the department for 10 years. In addition to his duties as a DARE instructor, he had at one time been on a bicycle patrol with the department. Search warrants related to the bourbon-theft investigation that were filed Tuesday in Franklin Circuit Court name Wells. A Wild Turkey employee told Franklin County sheriff’s detectives that a co-worker, Sean Searcy, “had sold some whiskey to some cops in Frankfort and that they were ‘running around together and they’re all supposed to be steroid freaks,’ including a ‘Wells boy’ who was described by Stewart as a police officer and a ‘big muscular guy,'” one warrant says. The Wild Turkey employee “further advised that Wells got mad at Sean Searcy because Searcy had told 2-3 people and it had gotten back to Wells’ boss.” Call logs on key suspect Gilbert Curtsinger’s cellphone included numerous calls from Wells, specifically three calls on March 11 when search warrants were being executed at Curtsinger’s home, where bourbon barrels were found. Sheriff’s detectives have described Curtsinger as a ringleader in the bourbon thefts and the sale of anabolic steroids. Curtsinger and Searcy were among nine people indicted by a Franklin County grand jury earlier this month in connection with the bourbon thefts. Also discovered on Curtsinger’s cellphone were text messages on Feb. 17 detailing an anabolic steroid transaction between Wells and Curtsinger “where it appears Mr. Curtsinger is placing his anabolic steroid order with Mr. Wells, who will then order the steroids online,” the warrant says. “Mr. Curtsinger ends the conversation with ‘Give me a total and I’ll hook up with ya.’ Mr. Wells responds, ‘K will do,'” the warrant says. On March 23, the Franklin County sheriff’s office obtained a search warrant to seize Wells’ cellphone. He had voluntarily given police a password to the phone.
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